Mobile has been trending in the technology industry for as long as many of us can remember. The first mobile phone call was placed over 40 years ago in New York in 1973, with mobile networks tracing back almost that far in the late 70s, and ultimately gained more prominence globally in the 1980s. Text messaging first appeared in the early 90s via pagers, mobile email began to surface in the mid-90s, followed by cameras, voice control, and most recently virtual reality. Innovation continues to progress in our current day demonstrated by the fact that essentially carry around miniature computers in our pockets which enables us to perform just about any task that we want or need in a moment’s notice both for personal and professional use. This is evidenced by the more than 7.5 billion worldwide mobile subscriptions that exist around the world today, according to the annual Mobility Report from Ericsson.
Mobile is more than a collection of form factors, it is also a behavior and a state of being. Mobile isn’t just about apps that work on portable devices such as smartphones and tablets, but rather as experiences that we take with us as we move throughout our day no matter where we are or the device we may be using. Apps can no longer be thought of as specific to a form factor for a specific hardware device, rather they create the experience that enables us to be more productive and agile from wherever we are. This is true for both consumer apps, and in some cases more importantly business apps that allow global corporations to create a competitive edge.
While we feel passionately about this ourselves, we are comforted in the fact that this is a key requirement for the customers we serve with our low code platform. In a recent survey that we conducted with nearly 400 of our customers, we found that building ‘mobile-enabled’ business process apps was at least ‘Important’ to 76% of those respondents; 30% of which classified it as ‘Extremely Important’ and another 22% called it a ‘Requirement.’ And it’s only going to be more important as in that same survey, 71% expect to make more mobile applications available in the future.
Why do K2 customers view mobile apps as important? Because they ultimately deliver value to their business in ways that are not possible when using native or browser based apps.
We recognized this years ago, and knew that our customers would need to think of the apps they build on the K2 platform as holistic, meaning they enable mobile experience without having to rebuild the entire app. For us, that means that fundamentally everything we do considers mobile experiences as first class, and not an afterthought. You might remember that last year, K2 was positioned as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Low-Code Development Platforms, Q2 2016. It’s equally exciting to share that K2 has now been positioned as a Strong Performer in The Forrester Wave™: Mobile Low-Code Development Platforms, Q1 2017. We believe this demonstrates our commitment to enabling a mobile first workforce for our customers by simplifying the way mobile apps can be built with K2 thus further pushing the boundaries and the potential of low-code. The criteria in which we received the highest possible score in this latest Forrester Wave assessment we feel reflect our unique strengths across the platform regardless of form factor or experience. These criteria include workflow, data access and management, integration, deployment options and partner ecosystem further demonstrating for us that everything we do, we consider how our customers need to engage with their apps from wherever they may be, thus offering assurances for those who want to mobilize their apps, workflows and processes, the power of K2 will enable them to seamlessly transition into a mobile experience for their businesses.
For those not yet on the mobile app journey of transforming your business process automation due to competing priorities or lack of resources, you aren’t alone. Nearly 40% of the respondents to our customer survey reported ‘other priorities’ as a primary challenge preventing them from focusing on mobile initiatives. However, K2 presents a direct solution to that problem.
One of the benefits that Forrester cites of mobile-first low-code platforms is the ability “to reduce the backlog of demand for custom mobile apps.”[iv] Within the recent Wave report, Forrester specifically called out that, “K2’s core strength is support for building complex apps that incorporate mobile, workflow and data.”
This statement goes against a perception that has existed about low-code, that it isn’t meant to handle complex applications, and workloads. It is possible, you just need the right tool.
Technology is always evolving and so is K2, in many ways this is only beginning. As noted above, mobile has seen many iterations and we fully expect many more. During these evolutions, we will continue to innovate to ensure our customers can meet their future challenges and bring success to their businesses. Expect to see much more from us this year in terms of platform innovation, and what you’ll in turn be able to do with K2. In the interim, checkout the LowCoders Blogs series to see how customers are benefitting from K2 today. Interested in the future, view our Low Code Future Five blogs series.
If you’re a Forrester client, you can access the Forrester Wave: Mobile Low-Code Development Platforms, Q1 2017 here.