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Trends influencing mobile application development platform market from 2016-2020

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mobile-app-development-trends-2016A mobile application platform (MAP) is a purposefully designed software that allows businesses to build, test and deploy business apps for smartphone or tablets. After estimating needs entrepreneurs can either build or buy MAP from third parties.  Purchased version typically possesses features like Backend as Service (BaaS) and management tool for application programming interfaces (APIs). In addition to these features, it also possesses native, the web and hybrid app development capabilities along with app management tools to deploy and secure apps. Although these development platforms are efficiently executing IT needs of customers, rapidly diversifying needs of existing and prospective customers empower developers to think about introducing newer technological solutions to improve service quality.

Since its inception in 2008, mobile application development started gaining categorical success and fame in the start of 2012. Developing a suitable business app has become an inevitable component of the marketing strategy of every business. In order to provide improved products and service quality, developers are always seeking for the possibilities to enhance the existing features of the software.

After observing the rising interest of consumers use gadgets and devices, research analysts predicted that demand for MAP will steadily grow by 2020. Manufacturers providing mobile application development platforms are focusing on reducing the complexities associated with developing and designing apps for both smartphones and web.

Here I am briefly discussing the findings of research analysts at Technavio that have pointed out four emerging technological trends impacting MAD platform during recent and upcoming years.


DevOps is the latest technology designed to manage end-to-end software development process of. After observing its benefits software developers across the world are planning to implement this useful tool in future to enhance the collaboration during software development process. This tool automates applications testing and deployment process. System automation reduces errors and manual processes, which speed up the application process. Recent estimates have revealed that more than 39% of the global software development firms have implemented DevOps to enhance their processes.

Mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS)

MBaaS or BaaS is a precisely designed system for web and touch phone apps. Developers adopt this backend service to link their applications to a backend storage system. It exposes their APISs while providing features like user management, push notification and integration with social networking service. A strong backend system enables organizations to run their business application. It also helps developers to build and install apps to store company data. Location-based technologies, like beacon technologies and the Internet, essentially requires efficient backend system for system navigation on mobile devices. However, native and location-based applications essentially require flexible IT solutions.

BYOD (bring your own device) and BYOA (bring your own application).

BYOD and BYOA are the two important trends that are significantly impacting routine business operations of organizations. The primary aim to implement these policies is to facilitate employees to bring and use their personal mobile devices at the workplace. Implementing BYOA policies in the organization has significantly increased the demand for enterprise application development services. Moreover, enterprises also facing an exponential demand for BOYD trends. Healthcare and retail are widely using these platforms. Market estimates documented that more than 58% of organizations have deployed enterprise mobility management apps to promote BOYD policies in the organisation.

Cloud-integrated development environment (IDE)

Cloud IDE is another famous cloud-based application development service that allows developers to work in a collaborative environment. Vendors offer web IDE solutions via cloud computing platform to facilitate developers to develop software applications for digital devices like smartphones, tablets, and Pcs. These tools are also used by professionals like software programmers, front-end and back-end software developers, community and mobile app developers. A number of leading cloud computing service providers are offering IDE solutions to execute growing needs of entrepreneurs and developers.

Whether you need a platform for to build up a mobile application or a software, you should first prefer purchasing over developing a platform on your own to enjoy cost benefits.