The importance of mobile applications has skyrocketed in the past few years. Companies rely heavily on mobile apps both to improve productivity in-house and to deliver superior service to their customers and clients. And mobile apps' significance is only going to increase in the near future. This has major implications for a huge range of organizations.
A recent Forrester Research report put this trend into focus. The study highlighted several of the most significant ways that mobile app development is poised to change in the coming year. Critically, the report emphasized that this field will become more challenging and demanding for developers across the board. This will make advanced security and efficiency tools, such as static analysis solutions, essential.
As Forrester's Michael Facemire explained, enterprises' expectations for their mobile app development efforts have changed dramatically.
"Building base app functionality dominated the early days of enterprise mobility, but the bar for successful innovation on mobile devices has moved skyward while time-to-delivery windows are approaching zero," Facemire wrote.
Additionally, the report noted that mobile apps must become more sophisticated in order to meet users' evolving expectations and habits. For example, instead of opening a given app once or twice a day, many consumers now use these resources more frequently, but for shorter periods of time. This means that enterprises need to focus their efforts on notifications and other features that can encourage engagement multiple times throughout the day. This marks a significant shift for developers, one that enterprise leaders will expect them to achieve quickly in order for their organizations to remain competitive in their given markets.
All of this spells trouble for mobile app developers, especially when viewed in the context of cybersecurity. One of the biggest challenges that mobile app developers face is meeting deadlines while also ensuring the security and integrity of their projects. Far too frequently, the pressure to deliver their apps on time and under budget trumps the need for robust security. This puts the organization and, in many cases, its clients at risk of experiencing a data breach, which in turn can lead to fraud, identity theft and worse.
If, as Forrester projects, increasing competition will demand faster time-to-delivery, this pressure will only grow, potentially putting companies at even greater risk of relying on and offering insufficiently secure mobile apps. Business leaders will likely conclude that they can’t afford to slow down development efforts, even while acknowledging that rushing through these processes may put their organizations at risk.
Fortunately, there are steps that companies can take to mitigate these effects. Most notably, firms can and should consider investing in static analysis tools. These solutions can increase the security of mobile app development efforts while simultaneously improving productivity and efficiency. This allows firms to keep pace with advancing mobile app development trends without sacrificing security or compliance. Failure to embrace these and other solutions, on the other hand, will force companies to choose between productivity and integrity.
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