Enterprise mobility fuels demand for mobile app development platform vendors

Gartner says leading vendors in the space include IBM, SAP and Kony

As more and more enterprise development teams build their own mobile apps, the demand for mobile application development platform (MADP) vendors is growing.

Leading vendors in the space are Adobe, Antenna, IBM, jQuery Mobile, Kony and SAP, according to Gartner's most recent Magic Quadrant report for MADPs.

Gartner explains that MADPs are based on three technologies, each requiring different enterprise investment and skill level: native toolkits, which enable the development of native apps for a single mobile operating system (OS); web toolkits, which enable develop of web-based apps that perform in web browsers across different OSs; and specialized platforms, which "provide proprietary capabilities designed to protect the developer from the differences between OS platforms and limitations of browser-based applications."

Harold Goldberg, chief marketing officer of Kony, tells FierceMobileIT that Kony climbed to the third spot behind IBM and SAP in the Gartner report. "Given that two years ago, we weren't even in this quadrant, we have been able to demonstrate product superiority as well as acquiring customers. We have 350 implementations of apps across all of the major markets," Goldberg adds.

Gartner relates that Kony is "well-suited for projects in which large, diverse device populations must be supported, and development needs to be outsourced. It has a strong integration method for SAP back ends. Other integrations include Oracle back ends, such as JD Edwards, Siebel and PeopleSoft."

The research firm notes that the KonyOne Studio can produce web, hybrid and native apps from one set of app specs.

In October, Kony unveiled a cloud-based suite of mobile app development products and services to enable business users, designers and developers to develop multi-channel app experiences.

"We decided to put everything we are doing out in the cloud," says Goldberg. "We have to think about [mobile app development] holistically," he adds.

For more:
- see Gartner's report (reg. req.)
- check out Kony's release

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