India and China Will Lead Asia Pacific Enterprise Mobile Software Spending in 2014

Katyayan Gupta December 5, 2013
India and China Will Lead Asia Pacific Enterprise Mobile Software Spending in 2014
As mobile devices increasingly empower individuals, it's important to develop context-aware mobile apps built on systems of engagement to seamlessly connect with employees, customers, and business partners.

Consumer mobility in India and China is flowing into enterprises. Recent Forrester survey data shows that nearly three in five IT execs and technology decision-makers in these countries — 58 percent in India and 57 percent in China — plan to increase their spending on mobile software (including applications and middleware) in 2014.

India has leapfrogged Australia/New Zealand and now leads the Asia Pacific region in terms of expected mobile software spending growth. China has made the biggest move over the past year, jumping from eighth place to second.

Enterprise Mobile Software

We believe that the high growth in mobile software spending in India and China is primarily due to:

  • A vast young online population pushing for mobile apps. 75 percent of India’s online population is aged 15 to 34. Both at work and at home, these users are pushing organizations to develop apps to allow them to interact anytime, anywhere, and on any device. India is poised to become the world’s youngest country by 2020 (with a median age of 29 years and with 64 percent of its population of working age), so we expect the demand for connecting to the business remotely to skyrocket.
  • More affordable smartphones and wireless broadband. Cutthroat competition among handset manufacturers — both internationals like Apple and Samsung and locals like Xiaomi and Micromax — is pushing the average selling price of smartphones below US$250. Xiaomi sold more than 200,000 smartphones in under 3 minutes as part of Alibaba’s Single’s Day sale; Indian mobile operators Vodafone and Idea cut their 2G data tariffs by 80 percent and 90 percent, respectively. The proliferation of Internet-connected smart devices along the entire supply chain — employees, customers, and business partners — is encouraging companies to build mobile apps.
  • Burgeoning m-commerce boosting mobile app usage. The value of purchases made through mobile devices on China’s Taobao Marketplace and Tmall.com increased 600 percent in 2012. And one-fifth of the 171 million orders worth $5.7 billion placed with Alibaba on Single’s Day were made through mobile phones, a jump from 5 percent in 2011. By 2015 in India, m-commerce will account for more than 25 percent of total eCommerce traffic. This highlights the latent demand for enterprise mobile apps, especially among consumers.

As mobile devices increasingly empower individuals, it’s critical for I&O professionals, their CIOs, and relevant business leaders to develop context-aware mobile apps built on systems of engagement to seamlessly connect with employees, customers, and business partners. They can’t achieve this by building one-off apps, but must prepare an application development road map with user experience at its core. Those apps will help organizations achieve their strategic business objectives. Most organizations will need to shift their development approach from “PC-only” to “mobile first, then PC”.

This article was originally posted on Katyayan’s Forrester Blogs and has been republished here with permission from the author.

Source: Computerworld India

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