Montana a growing part of $950 billion ‘app economy,’ report says

The app development side of Montana’s much-lauded tech sector will continue its upward trajectory, according to a newly released report.

The sixth annual report, the State of the App Economy — aggregated by ACT The App Association, an industry organization that represents more than 5,000 app makers — details the growth of an almost $1 trillion industry.

While a good chunk of the industry is made up of the apps individuals download to their phones, tablets or computers, the App Association this year included in its assessment enterprise apps (programs used by private businesses), as well as the 28 billion apps that fall into the internet of things — think smart home devices, health monitoring systems or sensor apps for agricultural work.