July 20, 2011

High security and the ability to quickly and easily make changes to mobile applications are top priorities for IT professionals when seeking a mobile app development tool, according to a recent survey by Pyxis Mobile. While the majority of survey respondents (77%) said security is an important factor in choosing a mobile application development tool, 71% said a tool’s ability to allow users to make ongoing changes to applications in real-time was critical when evaluating the different mobile technologies that are available.

Other factors that play a significant role in the IT decision-making process were a tool’s ability to provide rapid app development and deployment, unlimited data integration capabilities enabling apps to connect to any back-end enterprise system, and extensive design features allowing users to build visually appealing apps with a rich UI/UX.

Pyxis surveyed 200 executives, including 50 from the financial sector.

“The widespread adoption of mobile devices in the enterprise has created an increased pressure on IT departments to deliver secure mobile applications to their employees and customers,” said Steven Levy, CEO of Pyxis Mobile.

Business intelligence apps provide the most value to companies, according to 60% of respondents who answered this question.

Internal operations and resource management ranked second and sales/CRM and field service apps tied for third place.

The survey confirmed that the iPad is fast gaining traction among financial firms, with 33% saying their company currently supports or plans to support the Apple device, while 14% said Android tablets will soon land in the hands of their workforce.

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