A success guide for mobile app development projects

Mar 10 2016   2:54PM GMT

Why only one-third of mobile app development projects succeed – and how to avoid being among the other two-thirds

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How successful was your last mobile application development project? A recent survey conducted by the IBM Center for Applied Insights found that two-thirds of mobile application development projects fail to fully achieve budget, schedule and project objectives. So what’s the other one-third doing right?1

Successful projects have four things in common: a seasoned team, close collaboration across an entire ecosystem, the use of analytics, and cloud-based platforms and cross-platform tools. In fact, the most successful mobile application development projects are 35% more likely to use cloud-based platforms.2

This finding certainly makes sense given the fact that flexibility and speed are the hallmarks of cloud computing. There’s no waiting for hardware to arrive; no complex setup procedures. Plus, cloud systems can instantly scale to meet demand in real time. They can be set up with clustering and fault tolerance to better manage recovery with minimal impact on performance and customer experience. Composable services even allow developers to pick and choose the components they need for their specific use cases.

In a cloud-based platform, developers can easily select the services they need to start developing without delay. Services range from core BaaS capabilities, like mobile client access, push notifications and data services, to lifecycle capabilities that include quality assurance, application scanning, operational analytics and cognitive services.

For these reasons then, it’s no wonder that two-thirds of successful projects report using cloud APIs to assemble applications; more than half use cloud application development services.

A cloud-based development platform for mobile apps can deliver the scalability, portability and integration that enterprises need. Such a platform can be used to create apps that may need to support thousands or even millions of users. It can connect with a variety of on-premises and cloud-based systems as well as integrate with existing systems of record.

Take the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system, for example. The organization used IBM cloud-based services to create a new mobile app that gives maintenance engineers and supervisors mobile access to the company’s maintenance reliability information system. The team reduced provisioning and development time by more than 90%. Because the services were easily accessible, app development time decreased from an estimated six months to only 15 days. And new features can go live in 45 seconds – a huge win when it comes to meeting user expectations.3

Learn more about successful mobile app development in the cloud and how IBM’s cloud and mobile offerings can benefit you. Visit IBM.com.

1, 2, 3 ”Star qualities,” IBM Center for Applied Insights, ibm.com/ibmcai

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