Enterprise Mobile Economics

December 15, 2014

Enterprises can build apps, but can they keep them up to date?

It is not surprising that enterprises want to build mobile apps – they certainly build plenty of in house and external web apps. But there’s a difference with mobile apps.

To take one example, Apple updates iOS once a year. The first version of the new SDK is available to users starting in June at WWDC, with the final version available to users usually in the following September as new iPhones are introduced.

Some updates are more comprehensive than others. Moving from iOS 6 to iOS 7 introduced a new “flat” UI to replace the previous “skeuomorphic” designs. Moving from iOS 7 to iOS 8 introduced new form factors for devices. Both of these upgrades required developers to make significant changes to their apps, which from the point of view of enterprise managers may not have been a productive use of developer time.