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  • With mobile app developers and design staffers now working on multiple products at the same time, these professionals view the growing demand for wearable tech and connected device apps as a top current or future challenge, according to a recent survey from Kony. The resulting report, "Wearables and Connected Devices: The Next Frontier in Cross-Platform Mobile Development," indicates that the majority of survey respondents will oversee the production of at least two—if not a half-dozen or more—mobile apps over the next six to 12 months. These apps must accommodate the rising presence of wearable technology and the internet of things (IoT) and connected devices in the enterprise. But survey respondents said a lack of communication among IT stakeholders, designers and developers about plans regarding wearable and connected devices creates formidable obstacles to these initiatives. They also are often overwhelmed by pressures to design mobile apps for multiple devices and platforms, while meeting ever-rising user expectations for new app features. "As more devices hit the market and wearable and connected devices become commonplace in the workplace, enterprises need a platform to achieve greater agility and efficiencies," according to the report. "Wearable and connected devices are definitely becoming mainstream, and a key driver for their acceptance will be the growth of enterprise mobile apps built around these devices. It is critical for developers, designers and stakeholders to work closer together to not only meet business objectives and the demands of the business users, but also to deliver an amazing user experience." More than 230 global mobile app developers and mobile app concept and design professionals took part in the research.