Red Hat research shows mobile app development becoming more business-led


Research released by Red Hat has revealed different priorities between IT and line of business (LOB) over the transformative nature of mobile.

The study which polled 200 IT and 200 line of business decision makers in the US and Western Europe, found 35% on the IT side see mobile apps as key to business transformation, compared to only 26% of LOB. Business decision makers also argue that, while the current approach to mobile app development is led primarily by IT, it will move towards a business focus in the coming two years.

For more than three quarters (78%) of line of business heads, KPIs are used to measure mobile success. 58% of respondents say senior IT leaders are responsible for tracking KPIs, yet this number is expected to drop in the coming year.

The study also found differing approaches based on geography; 28% of US line of business decision makers prefer a collaborative ‘mobile centre of excellence’ approach, compared to only 5% polled in Europe.

“The new mobile survey shows that there is a mutual understanding from both LOB and IT executives that mobile app development will take on more of a business-led approach in the near future,” said Cathal McGloin, Red Hat VP mobile platforms in a statement. “Organisations that have fully implemented a mobile app strategy are more likely to be empowering their line of business managers to influence the development of mobile apps and are supported by IT through the use of modern app development tools, platforms and integration technologies.

“I see the relationship between LOB and IT continuing to strengthen as mobile programmes become increasingly focused on business outcomes,” he added.

The research is the latest in ongoing studies from Red Hat analysing how companies are attacking mobility. Back in July, the open software provider found there was little to choose between companies who were looking for back end (27%) and front end (32%) integration talent.

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