The traditional methods used to define and develop desktop applications won’t work with mobile application development, according to research firm Gartner Inc. As demand from business units puts increasing pressure on IT organizations to deliver large numbers of mobile apps, development teams will need to employ practices that are different from traditional application development, the firm says.

“Enterprise application development teams use traditional practices to define and develop desktop applications; however, most don't work with mobile app development, due to device diversity, network connectivity and other mobile-specific considerations,” Van Baker, research vice president at Gartner, said during a presentation to IT leaders in China recently. “Instead, [application development] managers should use functional, performance, load and user experience testing, as well as agile development practices.”

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