Red Hat launches tool to help firms assess cost and complexity of app development

Red Hat has announced the launch of a tool which aims to break down the costs of developing enterprise mobile apps.

The tool – which is aimed as more of a guideline than gospel – offers a cost and complexity analysis based on 10 questions relating to various topics, from device OS, to user requirements and backend integration. On completing the questions users can download a PDF which outlines recommendations, estimated developer resource requirements, as well as additional content.

The move squarely targets the continuing trend of moving enterprise mobility budgets and decisions away from the IT department, as a Red Hat blog post announcing the news explains. The company had previously issued research alongside Vanson Bourne which showed that, for 42% of enterprise respondents, responsibility for tracking mobile app development success would move towards the line of business this year.

“As decisions on enterprise mobility initiatives shift from IT to lines of business, we see the responsibility for tracking the success of mobile app projects shifting as well,” the post reads. “While the business can provide value in prioritising mobile use cases and features, determining technical complexity and cost can be challenging for line of business managers.

“When considering factors that vary from back-end integration to front-end features and how the app is to be deployed, mobile app development becomes more than just a simple touch interface.”

This is not the first such initiative to help organisations work out the cost of mobility initiatives. In February last year Wandera put together a total cost of ownership calculator focusing more on the device side. The company also issued research, finding that UK enterprises spent on average more than £1,200 per device per year. In September, a study from Syntonic found US businesses were collectively overspending by millions of dollars on BYOD reimbursements due to ‘lack of awareness and pressure to comply with labour laws’.

You can find out more about the Red Hat tool here.

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