Enterprise developers slow to embrace mobile, despite all the hoopla

New survey of 2,200 developers and IT executives finds most focus and will continue to focus on desktop applications, with mobile apps secondary.

In recent years, there has been a lot of speculation that developers are adopting "mobile-app first" strategies, relegating desktop applications to the second phase.  However, a new survey of enterprise developers finds it has been slow-going with mobile app development.

The survey of 2,200 developers and IT executives, released by Telerik, finds more than half of respondents, 51 percent, are not yet developing for mobile, due to current workload restraints.

Ninety-three percent of survey respondents noted the desktop is still the primary focus, followed by tablets (59%) and phone (44%). Desktop remains a key priority for the next 12-18 months, the survey finds. Eighty percent will remain focused on desktop development, followed by tablet-based apps (59 percent) and smartphones (58 percent).

Of those developing for mobile, the majority are focused on Web/HTML5 (72 percent), leaving native (41 percent) and hybrid app development (39 percent) neck-and-neck in terms of adoption, the survey finds.

Agile development appears to have a way to go, the survey also finds. While other surveys I have seen find large numbers of IT shops embracing Agile, it doesn't seem to be panning out in reality. Respondents seldom collect end-user feedback about app development priorities, though users are involved in app creation more than ever before. The survey finds 69 percent of respondents focus first on determining needs and requirements for apps. Ten percent look to whether the job can be done with tools already in house, and only eight percent seek customer feedback to determine app strategy.

Microsoft's C# language appears to be the programming/scripting language of choice. Eighty-one percent preferred C#, while 47 percent used JavaScript, and another 18 percent used Java. The survey also finds that 80 percent use open source software in their projects as well.

(Thumbnail photo: IBM Media Relations.)