Red Hat research shows mobile app development becoming more business-led

Image result for africa mobile app developmentResearch released by Red Hat has revealed different priorities between IT and line of business (LOB) over the transformative nature of mobile.

The study which polled 200 IT and 200 line of business decision makers in the US and Western Europe, found 35% on the IT side see mobile apps as key to business transformation, compared to only 26% of LOB. Business decision makers also argue that, while the current approach to mobile app development is led primarily by IT, it will move towards a business focus in the coming two years.

For more than three quarters (78%) of line of business heads, KPIs are used to measure mobile success. 58% of respondents say senior IT leaders are responsible for tracking KPIs, yet this number is expected to drop in the coming year.

The study also found differing approaches based on geography; 28% of US line of business decision makers prefer a collaborative ‘mobile centre of excellence’ approach, compared to only 5% polled in Europe.

“The new mobile survey shows that there is a mutual understanding from both LOB and IT executives that mobile app development will take on more of a business-led approach in the near future,” said Cathal McGloin, Red Hat VP mobile platforms in a statement. “Organisations that have fully implemented a mobile app strategy are more likely to be empowering their line of business managers to influence the development of mobile apps and are supported by IT through the use of modern app development tools, platforms and integration technologies.

“I see the relationship between LOB and IT continuing to strengthen as mobile programmes become increasingly focused on business outcomes,” he added.

The research is the latest in ongoing studies from Red Hat analysing how companies are attacking mobility. Back in July, the open software provider found there was little to choose between companies who were looking for back end (27%) and front end (32%) integration talent.

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Opera to cash in on Netflix in Africa on Opera Max app

opera-maxSo the latest way to sell your internet service or app in these post #NetflixEverywhere launch days, is to claim that it’s best for Netflix. Lots of free advertising it’s getting this video streaming service. The latest on that bandwagon is Opera, who most of us know for the much loved Opera Mini. Opera Mini is ofcourse just not enough anymore. Mostly because the internet browser accounts only for a fraction of the stuff eating mobile data on your phone right now.

There are others data hogs like WhatsApp, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Your email app and ofcourse now, Netflix. This is why Opera released Opera Max; an app that works in the background to make those data heavy apps use less data. 50% less, claims the company – hence them jumping on the opportunity for some PR with the launch of Netflix on the continent.

A press event notification we just received had this:

“Opera Max is the best solution for new Netflix viewers across Africa as Opera Max saves data on HTTPS videos without any significant loss in quality. It even reduces buffering on any connection, including crowded Wi-Fi networks. The data-saving technology can extend data plans by up to 50% for free.”

Innovator BongoHive and MTN Zambia sign app development MOU

MTN Zambia has signed a MoU with BongoHive, the country’s tech and innovation hub to support local application and software developers.

The company said there is no limit to the number of developers it intends to help because it wants to harness as many good ideas as possible.

MTN Zambia CEO Charles Molapisi said the company wants to stimulate interest in technology, particularly among the youth, and expose them to an economic platform.

Molapisi said yesterday noted that many innovators are limited by a lack of resources, including infrastructure and finance, required to develop and model ideas. Read more

Kenyan Mobile Phone Users Hits 38 Million

Kenya now has 37.8 million active mobile phone numbers with the Internet cum data market registering 21.6 million users.

The just-released Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) quarterly report said pre-paid tariffs continued to register the highest rate of growth that now stands at 97.3 per cent compared to post-paid that saw a rise to 990,000.

The report does not, however, take into consideration Kenyans who own more than two lines from different mobile service providers. The CA quarterly findings say that Kenyans accessing the Internet fuelled by the urge to log onto social media sites to update status and converse with virtual friends while on the go, continued to excite the data market.

The portion of Kenyans accessing the Internet reached 74.2 per 100 inhabitants.

Broadband subscriptions increased by 19.3 per cent to reach 6.3 million up from 5.3 million subscriptions recorded during the previous quarter marking a penetration level of 14.7 per cent. Read more