Mirror, Mirror, on the Wall, What’s the Biggest (Mobile) Headache of Them All?

iphone-518101_960_720Wearables and connected devices are the next frontier for enterprise app developers and designers, but innovation often brings with it new challenges.

That’s the announcement this week from Kony, Inc., an enterprise mobility company that has just announced results from a recent sponsored survey of mobile app developers and designers.

The efforts, we’re told, “uncovered the unique issues they face when developing enterprise apps that innovate beyond the traditional form factors of mobile phones and tablets.”

So what did we learn?

“The Next Frontier in Cross-platform Mobile Development: Wearables and Connected Devices,” a survey of more than 230 global respondents from leading brands in North America, South America, Europe, Asia and Africa, reveals that a majority of designers (69 percent) and developers (65 percent) feel that application design and development for wearables and connected devices already is a challenge, or will be one in the next six to 12 months.

“Among the main drivers for this frustration are a lack of clear vision among stakeholders, and the added complexity of developing and designing for multiple devices and platforms,” the report summary reads.

“Forward-thinking enterprises are eager to take advantage of the wealth of new devices and form factors entering the market today, but capitalizing on these innovations remains a challenge for today’s mobile app design and development teams,” said Dave Shirk, president of Products, Strategy and Marketing at Kony, Inc. “To meet this demand, designers and developers need next-generation creative tools that allow them to more easily adapt their apps to a broader range of interfaces, screen sizes, and capabilities.”