According to a new survey from Appcelerator, a mobile analytics and development company, developers for mobile platforms are moving to the enterprise market. When asked to choose one mobile operating system is best for the enterprise market in this year’s survey, the majority picked iOS (53 percent) over Android (38 percent). This is in marked contrast to last year’s survey, in which the platforms tied at 44 percent.
Appcelerator surveyed 340,000 developers in its own community, with more than 3,600 developers participating in the survey this quarter. Just why are the majority choosing iOS for enterprise apps? According to TechCrunch, the developers feel that the size of the market, as well as the price point of the devices,
Apple’s dramatic push ahead is in part attributed to developers perception about Android. When asked what interests them, developers said the size of the market and the price point of the devices, oddly enough. Perhaps it’s also due to the fact that Apple is beginning to add better security measures, working with mobile device management (MDM) companies to make enterprise management of iPads and other iOS devices safer and more secure from a company’s perspective. The developer survey results show a trend in building apps for this market, with two-thirds of the surveyed developers making apps for business customers, or their own companies.
Apple’s own web pages devoted to corporate use of iOS products, plus the rise of the dreaded Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement, in which employees are expecting to work with their own tablet and smartphone devices, could in fact make the enterprise market an attractive one to developers. According to TechCrunch, there’s also an enterprise associate in all the Apple retail stores, a fact that shouldn’t go unnoticed.