Although it is true that native apps perform better and often look slicker than HTML5 apps, this gap in performance and aesthetics is shrinking fast. JavaScript frameworks such as jQuery Mobile, Angular and Ionic make HTML5 apps look great while devices and mobile browsers are getting faster all the time, improving the performance of HTML5-based apps. For enterprise apps, all the benefits of HTML5 in terms of cost, time to market and portability across platforms significantly outweigh the diminishing advantages of native development.

Gartner has gone on record to say that 90% of all enterprise apps in 2015 will be HTML5 or hybrid, and only 10% will be native. In addition, VisionMobile, in their 2014 “State of the Development Nation” developer survey, discovered that HTML5 is already the most widely used technology for mobile developers. With such strong backing, it will be hard to get fired for choosing HTML5 over native, enabling all those on the fence to finally commit to an HTML5 strategy.

Of course, there will be many enterprise apps that will be built as native. Companies that have the required budget, skills and time to build a native app will of course do that.

Do you agree with my predictions for 2015 in enterprise mobility? Please share your thoughts with a comment.