More Companies to Offer Mobile Apps in 2012, Survey Finds

IT staffing firms may soon get a boost in hiring, especially for those professionals who can develop mobile applications.

Twenty-seven percent of CIOs polled in a recent Robert Half Technology survey say their companies already offer a mobile app, while another 22 percent say they plan to offer one in 2012.

The survey was developed by Robert Half Technology, a leading provider of information technology professionals on a project and full-time basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and is based on telephone interviews with more than 1,400 CIOs from companies across the United States with 100 or more employees.

As mobile applications become more prevalent, there are many issues for the IT teams tasked with developing them. In the same survey, CIOs said the two greatest challenges for IT teams developing these applications are collaborating across departments (29 percent) and finding IT professionals with the skills to build them (28 percent).

“Building mobile applications requires intense collaboration between numerous groups within the organization, including marketing, IT, operations and sales,” said John Reed, executive director of Robert Half Technology. “It’s important for mobile application developers to have strong soft skills, in addition to the ability to write code and test and debug software applications.”