Appcelerator: Apple set to take the lead on mobile enterprise apps

Appcelerator: Apple set to take the lead on mobile enterprise apps

Summary: Just as the iPad surprisingly took off with business customers, Appcelerator projects that Apple will be the leader in developing mobile enterprise apps.


Even if the iPad and iPhone were originally rolled out with the intention to be consumer devices, it's undeniable that they have also taken off in a big way in the enterprise world.

Thus, it might be no surprise that Apple is being projected to be leader in the mobile enterprise app space, according to a new report from mobile platform company Appcelerator.

According to company researchers, the "most significant finding" in the 2Q 2012 Mobile Developer Survey is that Apple has a 16 percent lead over Google’s Android mobile OS over which operating system will win in the enterprise marketplace.

At least with 53.2 percent of mobile developers that participated in the survey believed that iOS will win while 37.3 percent pointed towards Android for the win.

Analysts added that this is the culmination of a significant shift over the last three quarters. In the Q3 2011 report, both iOS and Android tied for developer predictions at 44 percent each. Thus, the rise in Apple's favor is being attributed to the strength of the iPad in the enterprise matched by growing concerns and threats surrounding malware on Android, among other concerns.

But Scott Ellison, vice president of Mobile and Connected Consumer Platforms at industry analyst firm IDC, hinted that Apple might not be alone for long on the mobile enterprise app leader board.

"Android appears to be evolving more towards a consumer play, which in turn provides a key competitive opening for Microsoft in the enterprise mobile app space," Ellison added.

The hurdle there is the pending release of Windows 8 tablets and the Metro UI. IDC and Appcelerator described that developers are "cautiously optimistic" about this, so really we won't know how much of a threat Microsoft poses for at least a few more quarters.

Nevertheless, researchers did have some room for hope for mobile enterprise app growth for Android, mainly citing larger shipments and more affordable price points as positive attributes.

For reference, Appcelerator and industry analyst firm IDC polled more than 3,500 developers worldwide for the report.

Topics: Mobile OS, Apple, Apps, Enterprise Software, Mobility

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  • Are they going to create apps for other platforms?

    If not, they won't be leading anything in the enterprise.
    • The better question is do you really want them to?

      Have you seen iTunes and Quicktime for Microsoft Windows?
      Loverock Davidson-
      • Article is confusing

        Are they talking about Apple as the developer of enterprise apps or the platform of choice for developers of 3rd party enterprise apps. The title implies they'll be developing them, but then the article focuses on a survey of third party developers.

        I don't see Apple doing a ton of development of enterprise apps themselves, rather they'll continue to focus on providing a platform (iOS, Siri, iCloud, tools for MDM and ent. app deployment, the forthcoming maps) that can be leveraged by 3rd party developers. Nothing that Apple has done gives any indication that they have any interest in developing end user apps geared towards the enterprise. They'll continue to provide the platform and let 3rd party developers handle the apps. It's not Apple's strength or interest to do otherwise.
      • We don't want them to..

        Have you seen Windows... on any hardware? :)
        • re We don't want them to..

          Have you seen OSx...on any other hardware but Apple?
          That's called vendor lock-in and its very bad for any enterprise.

          Pedantic point. Your subject should read ".... them too"
          Perhaps your Apple grammar checker isn't as good as you thought :)
          • nah

            that was siri produced post. no thought was needed.
          • OS X on non-Apple hardware

            shhhh..... not too loud...but OS X works on non-Apple hardware as well. Don't tell them you heard it from me.
          • Yes

            On my Dell Mini 10v, for instance. Runs just fine.
            And no, it should NOT be ".... too"[sic], it was fine as written. "We don't want them to" is not the same thing as "We don't want them, too" and the latter makes no sense in this context.

            And FTR, ".... too", which you wrote, is grammatically incorrect in itself. An ellipsis has three dots. Period. Not two, not four. So punctutation-wise, both posts are wrong. If you are going to be pedantic, better make sure your "i"s are dotted and your "t"s are crossed.
  • What are they smoking?

    "Thus, it might be no surprise that Apple is being projected to be leader in the mobile enterprise app space, according to a new report from mobile platform company Appcelerator."

    Stick this in the CLUELESS" file. Apple does NOT play well with others and that makes them a non-starter. Of course as soon as MS releases their surface tablet and Win 8 phones that run the existing MS apps. its over.
    • Until people try to use the Surface ...

      ... and realize what a useless hunk of crap it is. IT will try to tell people it's a tablet, not a laptop with a rubber keyboard. But, it will be over ... for Microsoft. And every company will rejoice because they will begin to realize just how useless and needlessly expensive the team they pay to maintain their "Windows image" really is.
      • @RationalGuy

        It is pretty clear that you are not involved in IT support in any capacity.
        • Except that I've worked in IT for over 15 years.

          It is pretty clear you are one of the IT people who lie to management and try to convince them that the old way is the best way (or was ever even a good way to begin with) all to make life easier for you and to protect your job without ever having to learn anything new more than once a decade.
  • Mobile enterpris toys

    Keep in mind the subject is talking about which mobile phone operating system is going to "take over" enterprise operations.

    Ipads and Android have been put to good use filling in as mobile work devices, but they both leave a lot to be desired. The form factor and portability being their biggest asset, not the operating system or hardware powering it.

    Imagine what will happen when that form factor is combined with operating systems already establish in enterprise and full powered hardware running it.
    • Imagine if there was actually any Windows software ...

      ... that was optimized for a touch interface. But there isn't. Which is why Surface is a laptop, not a tablet. It's no different than those flippy-screen stylus-driven monstrosities MS was pushing in the late 90's.
      • You are in luck!

        There IS a new version of windows coming out that is so touch optimized that traditional windows users are skeptical of its desktop role. It's called Windows 8!
        Check it out:

        "It's no different than those flippy-screen stylus-driven monstrosities"

        You are in luck again! There is a new Surface coming that is smaller than a cofee table! MS's new tablet is mostly the same, true, except for the part where is doesn't have a flippy screen, isn't stylus driven, and isn't a heavy monstrosity.

        Glad I could be of service!

        It's a good thing that Apple has nothing to compete with it right now. The iPad is really no different than a Sun SPARCstation 5 running NextSTEP.

        Brian Shaw, during his review of the SPARCstation 5 described it as "awkward to hold in one hand ... difficult to type quickly without setting it flat on the table."

        He also savaged the battery life: "I have to say, I have used many tablets in my day, but the SPARCstation 5 has the WORST battery life. It often felt as though I was looking for a plug before the first webpage finished loading. I found that 8 or 9 APC's could get me through the day, but that may be too much for some to carry."

        Nor was the touch screen spared "... the touchsceen is highly unresponsive. I spent most of my time with the optional keyboard hooked up."

        Yep, with reviews like that, Apple clearly has nothing to compete with the Surface.
        • Legerdemain

          Did you just type in quotes from a review of a Sun Microsystems product and then try to lay it off on Apple at the end? That's brillig of you.
          Robert Hahn
  • Apple - King of law suits?

    Sorry but enterprise clients want nothing to do with a law suit machine like Apple.
    • Appcelerator?

      Since you're grinding an axe, we're going to have to take your username away. Perhaps you could use "SingleIssuePosterWithAGrudge".
      Robert Hahn
    • Being that they already are

      ... you are wrong. Period. Empirical data trump baseless opinion every time.

      If your data do not match your theory, your theory is wrong.


    Consumers and the Enterprise will soon walk away from Microsoft. Their software gets worse with each bloated shell they stack on top of the other 15 years of stacked bloated shells.

    Windows 8 is NOT optimized for touch, with the exception of the patchwork, hodgepodge bolted on Metro part. That means that if you want to run legacy apps, you might as well do it right now on a Windows 7 tablet. No need to wait for 8, because the user experience will be the same....CRAPPY!