We’ve covered security. We’ve covered the Cloud. Those are trends that will be across all app development regardless of operating system or device. So this week, let’s get a little more specific. What kinds of apps will we be seeing more of in 2016? More Flappy Bird? There will be plenty of that, but what we’ll really see a shift toward is more enterprise apps.

Some people lump any app used by a business, including those to acquire new customers, as an “enterprise app.” That’s not what we’re talking about here. We’re talking about inward-facing apps. Apps businesses use to solve internal issues, and the reason they are on the rise is because, quite simply, they work.

More Mobile, More Savings

Companies are spending more and more each year on mobile, in some surveys increasing mobile spending by as much as 36% this year. That’s because that extra investment saves money in the long run. It cuts down on operational expenses and can streamline inventory. Through analytics shared companywide with to-the-second updates, there’s a clearer picture of necessary stock, resulting in a huge reduction in unnecessary spending.

Empowering Enterprise Staff

Enterprise apps are especially important to companies with field workers. Real-time insights are allowing for less communication clutter and removing unexpected variables. Smart devices allow for a full cycle of constant communication and feedback, vital to those that have out-of-office jobs where situations can change in an instant (long-haul drivers, delivery drivers, etc.).

Too Much, Too Fast

Most companies now have their in-house IT departments developing specialized apps for their company’s needs. This is a trend that could outgrow those internal sources quickly, however. The demand is outpacing most company’s capabilities. A Gartner report has even stated that by “the end of 2017, market demand for mobile app development services will grow at least five times faster than internal IT organizations’ capacity to deliver them.” The prediction here is that these companies will look to outsource the majority of development before bringing the app back in-house.

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CEO and Co-founder of Neon Roots Ben Lee is the co-founder and CEO of Neon Roots, a digital development agency with a mission to destroy the development model and rebuild it from the ground up. After a brief correspondence with Fidel Castro at age nine, Ben decided to start doing things his own way, going from busboy to club manager at a world-class nightclub before he turned 18. Since then, Ben has founded or taken a leading role in 5 businesses in everything from software development to food and entertainment.