Verticals put mobility on the front burner with increased investments in mobile app development.

Mobile strategies are becoming increasingly critical to enterprises. Oil and gas companies, for example are looking to mobile solutions to help manage their global workforce, assets, and compliance requirements. Financial services companies are responding to increased customer demand for mobile banking and other apps. The increased focus on mobility is reflected in a recent Red Hat survey on mobile maturity that indicates enterprises across industries are stepping up their mobile application development.

The 2015 Red Hat mobile maturity survey revealed that about half, or 52 percent, of respondents across a broad spectrum of industries say they have a fully implemented strategy and predict their organizations’ investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 24 percent. Here’s the breakdown for specific industries:

  • Construction, mining, oil & gas, and utilities: 83 percent of respondents say they have a fully implemented strategy, and predict their organizations’ investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 30 percent over the next 12 months.
  • Telcos: 79 percent of respondents say they have a fully implemented strategy, and predict their organizations’ investment for mobile application development increasing over the next 12 months at an average growth rate of 27 percent.
  • Financial services including banking and insurance: 60 percent of respondents say they have a fully implemented strategy, and predict their organizations’ investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 23 percent over the next 12 months.
  • Chemicals pharmaceuticals and biotechnology: 36 percent of respondents say they have a fully implemented strategy, and predict their organizations’ investment for mobile application development increasing at an average growth rate of 24 percent over the next 12 months.

Survey respondents were also asked how many custom-built mobile apps their organization developed over the past two years, and how many their organization expects to develop over the next two years. Telecommunications company respondents led the pack here, with an average number of 24 custom-built apps developed over the past two years and an average of 29 expected in the next two years. Construction, mining, oil & gas, and utilities respondents had an average of 21 custom-built apps developed over the last two years and an average of 25 expected in the next two years, while chemicals, pharmaceuticals and biotechnology respondents had an average of 13 in the past two years and an average of 10 expected in the next two years. Financial services respondents including banking and insurance had 14 and 20, respectively.

Red Hat commissioned Vanson Bourne to poll the views of 200 IT decision makers from private sector organizations with at least 2,500 employees across the U.S. and Western Europe. The survey was completed in October 2015, and was carried out online. Here’s a press release on the survey.

So what’s going on at your organization? Are you actively developing mobile apps? Is your investment increasing? Let us know in the comments section below!

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