As mobile devices continue to advance, user preferences are changing to expect applications and tools that are available right away. Moreover, people anticipate that these programs are going to be in perfect working order and will be able to improve their daily operations significantly. While apps may get to this point eventually, it rarely happens upon release. Developers must provide programs that meet user needs at a quicker rate than ever before.

With the amount of considerations in the app development process, it can take time to create an app that is ready to be released. Programmers must choose the language, code it, test extensively and ensure that patches are continually delivered. Forrester recently noted that by taking a low-code app development approach, it will significantly speed up the process. This method fosters customer participation and makes project phases more seamless, according to CMSWire contributor Tom Murphy. The low-code idea allows app development to be more intuitive and engaging while also ensuring that the end product focuses on user needs.

"Software delivery has to keep up with the breakneck pace of the fast-changing world of consumers," Murphy wrote. "As the authors put it, it must be 'as nimble' as their customers' imaginations.'"

Leveraging the cloud for better app development
There have been numerous Web-based tools that are currently being leveraged to simplify the app creation process. From HTML5 form to the cloud, organizations are increasingly finding these services to be more essential to their program building projects. In fact, according to ABI Research, mobile enterprise application revenue on cloud platforms will hit $3.6 billion within the next five years. In addition, cloud adoption is expected to grow 43 percent annually over that same time period. By developing in the cloud, teams can simultaneously collaborate on an app, with changes reflected in real time. This will give programmers more opportunities for remote work while still keeping up productivity. In addition, cloud and HTML5 development have significant benefits over native alternatives.

"Mobile applications allow for greater flexibility when mobilizing content and employees," ABI Research senior analyst Jason McNicol said. "However, the cost in terms of time and resources is fairly expensive to generate a single app for multiple platforms like iOS, Android and Windows Phone. Fortunately new cloud-based development solutions have evolved and are now gaining traction to reduce the app development time while permitting cross-platform deployment."