This IDC study examines the mobile enterprise application development platform market for the period from 2012 to 2017, with vendor revenue trends and market growth forecasts. Worldwide market sizing is provided for 2012. A five-year growth forecast for this market is shown for 2013–2017. A vendor competitive analysis, with vendor revenue and market shares of the vendors, is provided for 2012. This study also includes profiles of selected vendors and identifies the characteristics that vendors will need to be successful in the future.
"Today, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to mobile application development," says Stacy Crook, research director of Mobile Enterprise Software research at IDC. "While some organizations will choose to buy a mobile enterprise application development platform that includes front-end, middleware, and integration components, approaches that combine various standalone front-end tools with a mobile back end as a service (MBaaS) are gaining popularity as well. The practice of pairing existing middleware investments and native development techniques for building mobile apps is also alive and well."