Sector Roadmap

Sector Roadmap: cross-platform mobile development

Table of Contents

  1. Summary
  2. Introduction
  3. Methodology
  4. Disruption vectors
  5. Company analysis
  6. Outlook and key takeaways
  7. About Rich Morrow
  8. About Gigaom Research


Cross-platform mobile app development is already complicated. However, due to the dizzying pace of mobile fragmentation it will become substantially more difficult over the coming years. As a result, the future plans of mobile development vendors are far more important than the toolsets those developers currently offer. This Sector RoadmapTM identifies five Disruption Vectors — forces with the potential to reshape the market and demands for mobile application development platforms — and evaluates a number of different vendor approaches in light of those forces.

Key findings in this Sector Roadmap include:

  • The “talent crunch” will continue to be largest factor influencing adoption of a platform.
  • Platforms that provide full end-to-end solutions from the integrated development environment to the back-end offer the most benefits for developer productivity and security.
  • Open and plugable approaches are best-suited to take advantage of the rapid changes likely to continue in the mobile space.
  • Network speed, MBaaS, analytics, and other factors can dramatically affect end user experience and developer productivity.
  • Most vendors have their eyes on the IoT space and can offer a consolidated approach to deploy apps into yet-unknown platforms and form factors.



  • Number indicates a company’s relative strength across all vectors
  • Size of ball indicates a company’s relative strength along an individual vector

Source: Gigaom Research


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