Industry Research : Mobile CRM Apps Downloadable on App Stores to Grow by 2014
Significant shifts will occur in the customer relationship management (CRM) market in the next two years. Gartner, Inc. predicts mobile CRM apps available for download on app stores will grow to over 1,200 by 2014 from over 200 in 2012. More than 50 percent of total CRM software revenue for certain types of applications will be delivered as software as a service (SaaS) during 2016, and Gartner predicts salesforce.com will remain the largest CRM vendor by revenue in 2013.
"CRM continues to be high on the CIO's agenda," said Ed Thompson, vice president and distinguished analyst at Gartner. "According to Gartner's Executive Program survey of 2,053 CIOs in 2013, attracting and retaining new customers was ranked the No. 4 business priority for 2013. Customer experience management is emerging as a business discipline for marketing, sales and customer service leaders. Every day, these leaders are incorporating more new technology into their projects to achieve their organizational goals."
By 2014, the Number of Mobile CRM Apps Available for Download from App Stores Will Have Grown by 500 Percent
"Many organizations want to extend their customer service to the mobile platform market. However, the reality is that not all good applications make a good mobile application," said Johan Jacobs, research director at Gartner.
To develop a successful mobile application's strategy IT leaders need to consider four areas, which are demand — what customers want and what the business needs; supply — what staff and skills are needed to manage external partners; control — who owns and manages the strategy, and risks — what could derail the strategy and the other factors that will affect it.
CRM application vendors will be forced to decide which types of mobile CRM to support, as well as assessing their functionality as suitable to be broken up into bite-size chunks and adopted as apps. The shift to apps will create a competitive advantage for some CRM vendors, but, they will need to decide whether to provide apps free of charge, in paid versions or both.
In the short term, if there is a rapid rise in demand for CRM apps, there will be a shortage of development skills. "IT leaders should weigh the benefits of accessibility with usability — the choice will depend on corporate policies for smartphones and tablets. Besides, they should focus first on getting the performance right, as it's critical for users and ensure that the page design and the content does not get crowded with rich media that takes a long time to load," said Mr. Jacobs.
During 2016, More Than 50 Percent of Total CRM Software Revenue Will Be Delivered as SaaS
In 2012, almost 39 percent of the CRM software market revenue was delivered by SaaS. Gartner forecasts the market to increase 42 percent by the end of 2013. During 2016, more than 50 percent of the CRM software revenue will be delivered by SaaS. The worldwide CRM software market forecast, which includes both SaaS and on-premises, is on pace to grow 9.7 percent in 2013, while SaaS-delivered CRM will increase almost 18 percent during the same period.
Depending on the type of CRM application, there is a huge variance in the proportion that is delivered via SaaS. It varies from less than 5 percent for some types of CRM application to over 98 percent for others. While the perceived benefits for CRM SaaS are well accepted by most organizations, SaaS is not suited to all aspects of CRM functionality. "Almost all large organizations will use a mix of SaaS and non-SaaS CRM applications for the next decade, which will require IT organizations to develop the skills needed to integrate SaaS and non-SaaS deployments," said Joanne Correia, research vice president at Gartner.
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