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Posted by Jeffrey Hammond on October 9, 2009
In the first three quarters of 2009, I’ve had an increasing number of discussions with Forrester clients about the state of mobile development and what technologies they should be evaluating. These conversations usually start with the statement “mobility is a mess…” What I mean by that statement is that we’re in the midst of a sea change in the technology options that IT shops have at their disposal when it comes to building custom mobile applications. The frenetic pace of evolution makes mobile development one of the Top 15 Technology Trends and it warrants careful attention on the part of enterprise architects and application development professionals. By the end of 2010, you’ll have at least five distinct mobile applications architectures to choose from, including:
If possible, you should focus on tactical per-project implementations for the remainder of 2009 and the first half of 2010 while the technologies at your disposal continue to mature. All you need to do is look at the announcements in the mobile space over the last few weeks to see how fluid the situation is. Here’s a sampling from just the past week:
These four events illustrate the reality of the mobile space: shifting alliances, and investment by ISVs, device manufacturers and carriers in multiple technology options as each establish themselves as players tries to emerge as a winner in a hyper-competitive market. But there’s an upside for shops that keep their options open: lower prices, better-looking apps, and mobile development platforms that are easier to use.
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