Research firm Gartner in a new report says cloud, mobility and open source will drive the 2012 worldwide application development market to more than $9 billion, an increase of 2% from 2011.

The cloud is changing the way applications are designed, tested and deployed, resulting in a significant shift in application development priorities, according to the Gartner report, “Market Trends: Application Development Software, Worldwide, 2012-2016.”

Cost is a major driver, the firm says, but also agility, flexibility and speed to deploy new applications.

Some 90% of large, mainstream enterprises and government agencies will use some aspect of cloud computing by 2015.

“The trend is compelling enough to force traditional AD [application development] vendors to ‘cloud-enable’ their existing offerings and position them as a service to be delivered through the cloud,” said Asheesh Raina, principal research analyst at Gartner. “AD for cloud demands rapid deployment, a high focus on user experience and access to highly elastic resources for software testing, while requiring comparatively less underlying infrastructure for developing applications.”

Gartner also predicts that mobile AD projects aimed at smartphones and tablets will outnumber native PC projects by a ratio of 4:1 by 2015.


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