Appirio today announced the launch of AppXpress, a new marketplace for businesses to build high quality iOS apps using a global crowdsourcing community of 750,000+ developers, designers and UI/UX experts. Appirio created the iOS-focused AppXpress marketplace to give companies of any size a quicker and easier way to tap into the specialized talent needed to create amazing mobile experiences for customers, employees and partners.

“Appirio’s investment in AppXpress and iOS mobile application development is a strategic move towards becoming the go-to supplier for all iOS development needs,” said Chris Barbin, CEO of Appirio. “Whether it’s a customer looking to build an app, a company looking for a mobility partner, a software vendor looking to integrate with other apps, or an individual developer looking to learn iOS skills through our topcoder community, we want them to think of Appirio and how a global crowdsourcing community and platform can help them achieve their goals.”

AppXpress serves as a self-service solution that walks a customer through the initial and most critical stages of the mobile application development process. It takes a customer’s idea for a mobile app and within days or weeks converts it into a viable design mockup or clickable prototype to see how an app will look and feel before moving on to full production. It uses the Appirio Services Platform and competition-based crowdsourcing to quickly guide a customer through the process, delivers multiple options so the best ideas rise to the top, and the customer only pays for the results they use.

As an already established consumer-friendly platform, iOS offers the perfect foundation for businesses of all sizes to do enterprise mobility right. According to Statista, more than 75 billion apps were downloaded from the Apple App Store as of last summer. At the same time, only 10 percent are business related. AppXpress was built to close that gap by offering a tool that addresses the lack of development skills and resources needed to create personalized business applications on iOS. It tackles this challenge by bringing together the strongest iOS application development minds to compete for solutions to even the most difficult business problems.

“We’re currently engaged with AppXpress for our Apple Watch design, which will focus on presenting the most important information regarding flight information, flight updates, and travel itinerary,” said Robert Basha, Founder of TakeOff360. “AppXpress enabled us to have a fully functional design to go with our goal of creating an easy experience for our users to quickly view important information while on the go.”