For a number of years the software development industry has struggled to find a solution to a rather old idea: write once, run everywhere. First, there was Java, which for a little while seemed to be the answer, however for numerous reasons it didn’t live up to the dream. For a while it looked like everyone gave in, and the chase was off, however Microsoft released the .NET Framework and the game was on, once again.
A recent IDC forecast of shipments of tablets and smartphones predicts that by 2017 87% of connected device sales will be tablets and smartphones. More specifically the forecast predicts that 5-inch devices will take the lead, followed by 7 and 9-inch tablets. Computer sales meanwhile are slowing down and the sales forecast is not encouraging. These forecasts underscore the direction that enterprises should focus their efforts; that is invest in mobile development, connected devices and how to get most out of these investments.