Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

On 7th August, Gartner has published its latest Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms. In this report, they assessed the major vendors that enable enterprise IT developers to create mobile applications for customers, partners and employees.

Enterprise Mobility as driver of innovation

2013 has been the year, in which enterprise customers realized that enterprise mobility will be one of the major drivers of innovation in the next years. In our previous blog post about mobilizing applications using a mobility platform, we already described how a mobility platform should look like and which advantages are implicated with such a solution. By now, a couple of vendors offer complex solutions. A team of six analysts conducted the evaluation of 22 MADP vendors covering different criteria.

Defining the Leaders

Gartner defines the leaders in its Magic Quadrant as it follows: “Leaders must not only be good at cross-platform development and deployment, but also have a good vision of the multichannel enterprise, support for standards, a solid understanding of IT requirements, and scalable channels and partnerships to market. Leaders must provide platforms that are easy to purchase, program, deploy and upgrade.“[1]

Here is the complete Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms:

Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms

Gartner’s market overview

According to the report, “Selecting MADPs has become an urgent issue for many CIOs. Less than seven years after the introduction of Apple’s iPhone, the worldwide installed base of smartphones and tablets will surpass that of PCs in 2013. As a result, mobile technologies ranked as a top technology priority in Gartner’s last three annual CIO surveys. Building mobile applications is an important component of an enterprise’s mobile strategy, because applications provide much of the potential business ROI in the mobile infrastructure. Enterprises build mobile websites and apps to engage customers wherever they are. Similarly, they build mobile applications to improve employee efficiency and effectiveness. However, selecting an MADP is not easy.“[2]

About the Magic Quadrant

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

Source: [1, 2] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Mobile Application Development Platforms”, 7 August 2013.

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