The iPhone 4.0 and the Android phone have significantly raised the bar for government and commercial business application developers. The application developers for these two phones have hit the target dead on. A new standard of application design is now on the market for all to see: usable code that directly provides time savings and innovation while making work significantly more effective and efficient.

They’ve already changed the way I shop is a couple of ways, such as:

  1. Scan, compare and shop. I can scan a store item on the shelf, while my phone finds the same item in stores within miles of me along with pricing comparisons.
  2. Got gas? I can find the price of gas anywhere I am in seconds.
  3. Look and find it, please. Using Google Goggles, I can take a picture of an object and the search engine will automatically find it on the Internet for me.

With this kind of impact, in 2011 application developers will be challenged by users to provide more effective and efficient programs that directly aid the business in new ways. There will be more pressure on “business application” developers to implement new models and innovations for identifying user requirements.

[Editor's Note: This post is part of the annual "Cutter Predicts ..." series, compiled at the Cutter Consortium website.]

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Mark Peterson

Mark Peterson is a Senior Consultant with Cutter Consortium’s Business Technology Strategies practice. Mark has extensive experience in business and IT strategy development, organizational redesign, portfolio management and IT value discipline integrations to client environments.

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