Analyst firm IDTechEX predicts that the wearable tech market would reach $39 billion by the end of 2016 and $150 billion by 2026. CSI Insight reports that a total of 411 million wearable devices valued at $34 billion would be sold in 2020. MarketsandMarkets also predicts that the wearable technology by 2020, would grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.8%. Today, fitness tracker devices alone are worth $700 million and hold 61% of total wearable devices. Looking at these numbers, it is evident that the wearable technology is making inroads into our lives.
2017 is poised to be the year of the "no-code" citizen developer. This is not just some cottage industry or niche movement. While we are still at the early stages, "no-code" is a global transition that will transform the landscape of computing. For the very first time in the four decades of popular computing, the huge gap between creators and consumers of software will shrink and in fact potentially disappear. At AppSheet we're at the forefront of this change.
The most decorated Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps, once said, “I think goals should never be easy. They should force you to work, even if they are uncomfortable at the time.”
Well, it is now that “uncomfortable” time of year when we evaluate 2016, think about what worked and what needs to be improved on, and write down our goals for 2017. Whatever business you are in and regardless of your company size, mobile marketing and employee mobilization should definitely have a couple of lines in your business strategy for the New Year.
As the holiday shopping season quickly approaches, retailers need to ensure that their apps are up to snuff in order to capture their real value from consumers. During the holiday season last year, mobile accounted for 57.2 percent of all online traffic and 36.2 percent of all online sales – respective increases of 15.2 and 30 percent over 2014, according to IBM Watson Trend. And now today, there are actually more mobile devices on the planet than people. With digital sales and mobile shopping both anticipated to increase 25 percent this year, it is definitely a channel that retailers cannot afford to ignore.
Mobile apps are transforming the hospitality industry. From mobile wallets to keyless entry, virtual concierge services, mobile ordering apps, personalized in-room entertainment and more, mobile apps are changing the way guests utilize hotel and restaurant services. The hospitality industry is jumping on the mobile app bandwagon with wild abandon.