What does cloud mean for app developers?

Dan KobialkaExperience plays an important role in an app developer's decision to develop cloud apps, according to recent data from market analysis firm VisionMobile.

VisionMobile's "Cloud & Desktop Developer Landscape" survey of more than 13,500 developers indicated experienced developers are more likely to develop and deploy cloud apps than others. 

In addition, the survey revealed:

  • Almost half of cloud developers who are contracting make more than $2,000 a month.

  • 16 percent of those involved in cloud app development are trying to make money from advertising, but only about one-third are making at least $2,000 a month.

  • 33 percent of cloud developers visit developer support sites and resources daily.

Clearly, the cloud provides a substantial growth opportunity for app developers, a trend that appears likely to continue. 

For example, VisionMobile's "Developer Economics: State of the Developer Nation Q3 2015" survey of more than 13,000 developers showed cloud services app development is the most lucrative field to build apps in today.

Also, the survey revealed 34 percent of cloud services app developers earned more than $5,000 a month.

"Cloud is increasingly important for developers, and cloud developers are the most likely to be generating revenue," VisionMobile wrote in a blog post

In addition, the rising demand for cloud offerings could further increase the number of mobile app development jobs in the United States. 

The public and private sectors are expected to create 292,000 new jobs for mobile app developers in the United States between 2013 and 2020. 

And with the increasing demand for cloud offerings in the United States, developers who explore the benefits of deploying cloud apps could discover new ways to support consumers for years to come. 

"Cloud services adoption is trending as high (or higher) as mobile app development. Enterprises are embracing cost-effective cloud services for software, platforms, and more, making app development in the cloud a practical choice and a sound business model," SAP wrote in a white paper

Creating cloud apps ultimately may help developers in a number of ways, according to SAP. 

"The cost advantages of cloud-based mobile app development platforms are straightforward and clear," SAP noted. "What companies often miss are the indirect benefits from a cloud environment. Time saved is one proven benefit, along with agility, flexibility, and faster deployment. You can also count on better reliability, collaboration and innovation. ... When the mobile app platform is in the cloud, developers gain a reliable, always-available development and testing environment."

As a result, developers who learn how to build cloud apps now may be better equipped to deliver offerings that fulfill customers' requests and provide these developers with a competitive advantage over rivals. -- Dan