Cloud computing is going mobile thanks to the success of the iPhone and Apple's App Store, according to the latest report from Jupiter Research.
The analyst firm said that as collaborative applications become ever more important for business, the number of enterprise customers using mobile cloud-based applications will rise to more than 130 million by 2014. This will be facilitated by platform-as-a-service (PaaS) deployments from key players such as Google and Microsoft.
The Mobile Cloud Applications report found that the market for connected enterprise applications had benefitted from the success of Apple's iPhone and App Store. It said that this was reflected by a marked increase in the number of enterprise apps available to users and the fact that such apps were themselves becoming far more attractive given the wide-ranging enhancements to smartphone user interfaces in the wake of the iPhone launch.
Juniper Research also noted that cloud providers are opening up their application programming interfaces (APIs) for application providers seeking to develop browser-based or thin client applications. It predicted this would provide greater opportunity and incentive for developers seeking to reduce the costs associated with porting apps across multiple platforms.
Windsor Holden, the report's author, said, "For developers, cloud opens up a far wider potential audience for their products; for enterprise customers, outsourcing application management to a remote third-party, charged on a scalable, pay-per-use basis, offers far more flexibility combined with a significant reduction in capital expenditure."