AT&T took the top spot in a recent survey asking which vendors deliver the best mobile application development and testing services, according to IDC.
In the survey involving 350 U.S. respondents, International Data Corp. asked enterprise users about their perceptions of vendors who offer services in mobile application development (AD) and mobile testing services for applications and devices. While AT&T took top honors, Verizon and IBM ranked second and third, respectively. Overall strength of brand had a significant influence on vendor selection, IDC said.
"Success as a provider of discrete or bundled mobile-application development and/or testing services will require players to highlight a combination of their technical and business competencies and experience in highly iterative mobile prototyping and validation, as well as availability of end-to-end mobile lifecycle services,” said Rona Shuchat, director of application development, testing and management services at IDC, in a statement. “Enterprise customers are challenged by the rapid pace of and investment required in mobile technology platforms, and many plan to leverage a range of professional project or fully outsourced mobile application services."
IDC delivered two reports, one on mobile application development and another on mobile application testing. In the mobile application development arena, survey respondents identified four key findings, including that reusable frameworks are needed to lower development costs. The survey showed that enterprises are looking for providers who can lower the cost of development with code reusability and cross-platform portability frameworks. Demand for skill sets to use the latest development techniques across multiple mobile OS platforms is high with 35 percent of respondents seeing this as a primary challenge.