When it comes to enterprise applications and development, enterprises have professed more faith in devices as compared to Android. In fact, CTOs and CIOs are showing greater interest in Windows 8 as a potential contender in the enterprise. Android‘s recent security debacles and malware issues seem to have tarnished its reputation as a secure enterprise platform.
According to Appcelerator/IDC’s second quarter mobile report, in a poll of 3,500 Appcelerator’s developers, 70 percent of respondents stated they are developing enterprise apps. Almost 53 percent of respondents believe Apple is best positioned for the enterprise versus 37 percent who believe Android has the upper hand. Opinion has moved in Apple’s favor by at least 9 percent as compared to the third quarter of 2011 when both platforms claimed a trust base of 44 percent.
What makes developers believe iOS is a stronger enterprise platform?
According to Michael King, Appcelerator director of enterprise strategy, the factors that have contributed to Apple’s votes from the enterprise app developers’ community are:
- better security and management
- control on apps getting on to devices
- entry of productivity and other complex apps built on SAP on to iOS devices
‘The big news is that Apple’s iOS took a dramatic lead over Google’s Android in theenterprise app space,’ said Scott Ellison, vice president, Mobile and Connected Consumer Platforms at IDC. ‘For developers, Android appears to be evolving more towards a consumer play, which in turn provides a key competitive opening for Microsoft in the enterprise mobile app space.’
Predictably, BlackBerry was far from developers’ minds.
Other developer trends in the enterprise
Windows 8 has ignited a lot of developers’ interest, especially in the table friendly Metro UI. Microsoft Windows and Office have immense presence across enterprises and a brand name that lends weight even though Windows Phone did not gain much traction. Developers’ interest in Windows Phone 7 has dropped to 25 percent from 37 percent in the first quarter of last year. Microsoft will assuredly grab Android’s comparatively weak position in the enterprise as a market opportunity.
Another conclusion drawn from the report is that mobile developers remain strongly committed to the cloud with 83 percent planning to use cloud services and also intending to rely on a cloud-based backend solution. Apple’s iCloud and Amazon’s cloud platform offerings are big favorites here with Microsoft’s Azure receiving tepid interest.
To conclude, Android’s weakness could be Microsoft’s opportunity in garnering developers’ focus as well as gaining market share. And the cloud is where you need to be.
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