March 30th, 2017 by Sam Del Rowe

More than 30 percent of IT professionals are prioritizing the modernization of legacy systems in 2017, according to a survey from PowWow Mobile in partnership with Enterprise Mobility Exchange. More specifically, they are looking to make their systems mobile-friendly, with 72 percent of IT executives believing that mobile-enabling employees can yield upwards of 30 percent in costs being saved.

However, organizations looking to update their systems for a mobile environment face a number of challenges. Insufficient time, insufficient budget, and lack of developers were all cited by 46 percent of respondents as the primary challenges in delivering mobile apps to the workforce. Furthermore, 82 percent of enterprises reported that designing and deploying a single mobile app takes an average of six and a half months. Nevertheless, the study found that adoption of rapid mobile app development (RMAD) is increasing, with 33 percent of IT professionals saying that they have considered low-code solutions to mobilize their workforce.

“The results of this survey validate that while fragmentation is a problem, IT professionals recognize the need for a scalable solution to extend their legacy applications out to mobile users,” Kristen H. Rachels, vice president of marketing and communications at PowWow Mobile, said in a statement. “With the use of low-code RMAD solutions, organizations have the opportunity to quickly, simply and cost-effectively leverage their existing investments in the systems they use every day to support their business, while managing their growing project backlogs, without needing an army of developers or specialized skillsets; and at the speed and economics that Line of Business expects.”

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