5 Apps to Keep You Safe (and Scared) This Halloween

Halloween is almost upon us! For some, that means covering the yard in spooky decorations and trying to scare passers-by as they trick or treat. For others, it means heading out with the kids to get candy and enjoy the holiday.

Regardless of what the holiday means to you, your experience can be improved by using some of this year’s best Halloween apps. From spooky photos to trick or treater tracking, these apps we’ve selected will help keep you safe (or scared, if that’s your thing) this Halloween: Continue Reading

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Picking an EMM Vendor? Here’s What to Consider

In the last five or so years, the complexity of enterprise mobility systems has increased considerably. More devices and more mobile work by employees means companies must find solutions which enable management in and out of the office—and even on employee devices the company doesn’t own.

As this transition to mobile work has taken place, we’ve also seen a rise in the number of companies like App47 offering their own unique solutions to enterprise mobility management. All of which means that, if you’re the one making the decision about which software to use, you have a seemingly difficult decision on your hands. Continue Reading

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The 3 Biggest Obstacles to Enterprise Mobility

Despite the fact that employees want mobile-first work experiences, they aren’t getting them. As we recently discussed on our blog, a report by Sappho and Forrester Research found that 55% of companies have implemented three apps or fewer—a far cry from what many would consider a comprehensive mobile program.

There are a lot of reasons this could be the case. Many companies are struggling to find developers—internal or external—for their apps. Companies are also wrestling with decisions about which processes to improve with apps, with the cost of managing a full-scale EMM program, and even with driving adoption and long-term usage of apps after they’re developed.

As Kia Behnia of PowWow Mobile explains in a piece for EnterpriseAppsTech, however, the challenges we just mentioned aren’t the biggest obstacles to enterprise mobility. As he sees it, these are the three biggest obstacles to “ubiquitous workforce mobility:” Continue Reading

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Are You Marketing Your Apps to Employees?

A few months ago, we discussed an interesting idea: in your enterprise, you don’t have users—you have “internal customers.” In other words, rather than treating employees as users who must use your app, you should think of them as customers—people with different choices who should use your app because they want to.  

That idea has been kicking around a lot in our heads recently, so we thought we’d continue the conversation with another question: are you marketing your apps to your current employees? Continue Reading

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Employees Want Mobile-First Work Experiences—But They Aren’t Getting Them

Despite the proliferation of smartphones and enterprise mobility management systems, as well as the explosion of consumer app development, it seems that many employees aren’t getting the work experiences they desire.

That’s the conclusion of a recent report by Sapho and Forrester Research, which explored how business apps can accelerate digital transformation in the enterprise. Though the study doesn’t deal exclusively with enterprise mobility, mobile apps are a key talking point of some of the study’s biggest findings.

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You Don’t Just Need Apps—You Need an App Store

The idea of an app store is to give more empowerment for business users. It delivers a clear message: IT lets you use the best tools to perform your work, help yourself and take control. So it is not just an app store, it is a cultural change for IT and business. 

So said writer Sue Marquette Poremba in a piece for IT Business Edge on the power of enterprise app stores. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we couldn’t agree more.

A lot of the focus on our blog is around developing and managing applications in the enterprise. And while apps are obviously an important piece of the puzzle—as is proactive management and tracking—the humble enterprise app store can be the difference between a good mobility program and a great one. Continue Reading

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Study Finds App Developers Are Rushing App Releases

If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know just how much we stress the importance of developing apps with great user experiences and real utility in the workplace. It’s simple: good apps help increase adoption rates, keep your employees engaged, and may even help mitigate shadow IT usage.

The trouble is, of course, that apps don’t grow on trees. Developing any app—much less one that checks all the boxes we just listed—takes a sizeable investment of time and money. It also involves finding a team of developers, internal or external, who are up to the task. All of which is to say that there’s a lot of pressure on companies to develop and deploy apps—and quickly. Continue Reading

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Not Tracking Performance? Don’t Bother With Apps

Are you tracking and testing the performance of mobile apps in your enterprise? If you aren’t, you shouldn’t even bother with apps.

Okay—so maybe that’s a little dramatic. But the main premise of the statement holds true: if you aren’t tracking the performance of your suite of mobile apps, you’ll never realize their full potential. Continue Reading

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Should You Embrace Shadow IT?

Few phrases in the enterprise are as polarizing as “shadow IT.”

Shadow IT, which refers to the use by employees of apps or devices that are not sanctioned by the company, is widely debated. Some security professionals view shadow IT as an unavoidable reality; others fiercely contest it and view it as a serious security risk. The explosive growth of mobile device uses—from Apple Watches to smartphones and everything in between—has only made the issue more difficult to navigate. Continue Reading

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5 Must-Have Back-to-School Apps

It’s that time again: time to start thinking about all the excitement (and stress!) that comes with the start of the school year. Before our kids go back to school, there’s lots to be done, from shopping for school supplies to mapping out carpooling schedules. And once the year starts, there’s no shortage of homework to help with and projects to keep track of.

It should come as no surprise that our team here at App47 are big fans of using apps to simplify life’s biggest challenges—and the back-to-school rush is no exception. Here are 5 apps we can’t live without come the start of the school year: Continue Reading

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