Perhaps half of all large enterprises are struggling to produce mobile apps to an acceptable level - and should try to embrace the cloud as well as “outside-in IT” to catch up, suggests a study from digital consultancy Apigee.
Its new report found that 45% of large enterprises polled report missing expectations on at least one of its five key measures of app deployment, namely number of apps, quality of apps, budget, business impact and time.
The study focused on IT executives at large enterprises that have tried to deploy apps and it discovered that new methods of working must be embraced.
“We’ve found that those who are succeeding in app deployment have a strikingly different approach to their IT departments: they recognise the strategic value of leveraging external expertise to maximise their agility and adaptability — this fundamental shift is called ‘outside-in IT’ and is a competitive necessity for every IT leader hoping to deliver digital experiences faster and better,” claimed the firm's Apigee Institute director Bryan Kirschner.
Apigee defined those that exceeded expectations across all its five measures as “App Masters” and it’s this category that is more open to working with external parties as well as embracing the cloud.
App Masters don’t just use external resources due to the added value it provides and 78% of those surveyed stated that access to technical or project management expertise was an “extremely important” reason to turn to them.
85 per cent of App Masters are currently replacing legacy components with public or private cloud alternatives with a further 83% committed to leveraging cloud-based external resources wherever they meet needs.
In comparison, 18% of the group that are having trouble deploying mobile apps see the strategic value of the cloud as extremely relevant to their organisation.
Apigee's global survey, carried out in January of this year, was of 800 IT decision makers in enterprises with over $500m (£300m) in annual revenue in 25 industries.