iOS Or Android? Where IBM i Users Focus Their Mobile Initiatives

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May 11, 2017 Disaster Recovery News Blog, Legacy System Blog Articles

The mobile trend is an increasingly popular one, with companies flocking to establish mobile access for employees and end users alike. Between 2015 and 2016 alone the number of IBM i users with mobile initiatives began snowballing, increasing by 10% (from 30% to nearly 40%). In this blog post we look at the direction this snowball is headed: towards a focus on iOS, Android, or both.


The Statistics

Of those companies that do have mobile initiatives in place, the majority – 62% – are developing for both iOS and Android. Next in line are iOS-specific developments, claiming about 28% of IBM i users. Only about 10are developing on Android alone.

Choosing between Apple and Android is becoming an age-old debate for companies and consumers alike. So why is it that companies choose one system over the other? Which should companies choose?

RECOMMENDATION: Consider looking into web interfaces, rather than platform-specific applications. Web interfaces can be just as effective as mobile applications in certain cases, and can eliminate the “Apple vs. Android” debate for companies as well.


iOS, Android, Or Both?

From maximized productivity to increased profits, the perks of mobile access are apparent. What’s less apparent is where businesses will get the most benefit out of their mobile application investment – iOS, Android, or both.

For companies intent on charging for mobile application use, they will likely find more profit in iOS. Since paying for applications and extra services is a hallmark of Apple products, these users are often more willing to pay extra for the additional app or two. On a similar note, Android is popular in many countries where people make less than the average U.S. citizen (e.g. many countries in Asia and South America). Companies looking to gain a stronger international presence should consider developing for Android, preferably in conjunction with iOS.

As far as the development process goes, many companies consider iOS to be easier to develop on. That being said, the process itself can take much longer; Apple is quite restrictive, and new programs must be submitted for review, with no guarantee of having your application accepted. While this process can take weeks, Android has a much more relaxed approval process, allowing applications to be put on their store and made available right away.

You probably already guessed it, but building for both iOS and Android is the best option for companies to appeal to the widest range of users.

RECOMMENDATION: When going mobile, consider the importance of mobile electronic signatures and landing page forms as well. These features can make business deals even simpler, and give busy users more incentive to commit.


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Source: 2016 IBM i Marketplace Survey Results by HelpSystems

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