A recent survey provides a glowing report on the state of mobile app development and usage in enterprises, with spending on mobile app development continues on the upswing for many businesses. The report, published by CDW, finds that 48 percent of the 374 businesses they surveyed increased spending on mobile apps in 2014. In addition, enterprise managers say mobile apps are helping things run smoother.

But are mobile apps ultimately more efficient?  The problem right now is the large number of separate platforms for mobile – Android, Apple, Blackberry and Windows, just to names the leaders. Each of these are proprietary closed systems (yes, even Android, which is shared by a number of vendors). As a result, deploying apps to these platforms requires separate development efforts and re-tweaking.

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