App47 Customer Success Story: AppNotch

We talk frequently about the features and functionality of the App47 platform. But as most customers know, it’s one thing to hear about how good a product is from the source—and it’s another thing entirely to hear positive comments from a happy customer.

Our team recently caught up with AppNotch, a long-time customer of App47, to talk about how they use our platform as part of their unique tool that “Appifies” any business.

Normally, the process of developing an app is a resource- and time-intensive process. You need to hire an iOS or Android developer, decide what you want, and have it built out and tested until it’s ultimately ready for release. This can be very expensive and can take months from ideation to execution. Continue Reading

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What Employees Want (In a Mobile App)

What do employees want in a mobile app? 

Writing for CIO Online, Sarah K. White discusses how companies can create apps that employees actually want to use. As she sees it, enterprise mobile apps should keep the user in mind through every stage of development—just like consumer apps. With that in mind, here are three big things employees want in a mobile app: Continue Reading

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4 Signs MAM Is Right for Your Business

We talk a lot about enterprise mobility adoption rates, the benefits of mobile apps in the enterprise, and even what’s up-and-coming in the industry. But, as anyone who’s ever looked into enterprise mobility solutions knows, there are a number of different deployment options even once you decide you want to deploy an app within your business.

The two primary options these days are an MAM—a mobile application management solution—and an MDM—a mobile device management solution. An MAM manages mobility at the app level, while an MDM unsurprisingly manages it at a device level. Deciding between the two can seem difficult and confusing at times. 

So: are you unsure about whether or not an MAM is right for your business? Here are 4 signs it might be for you: Continue Reading

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5 Insights on Enterprise Mobility from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange

The Enterprise Mobility Exchange (EME) has long been a forum for companies implementing mobility strategies, as well as companies like ours which help enable enterprise mobility. As it turns out, they’re also a great source of insight on the state of enterprise mobility. 

For their new report, “The Global State of Enterprise Mobility: 2016,” EME surveyed over 300 senior mobility practitioners to gauge the strength of mobility in businesses all over the world. Unsurprisingly, there’s a lot of good news in this report.

We had a look and thought we’d share our key takeaways from the findings of EME’s survey. Here are our top 5 takeaways from the report: Continue Reading

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Infographic: Perception vs. Reality In Application Security

There’s a significant disconnect between perception and reality in mobile health and finance app security.

At least, that’s the conclusion of a new study by app protection company Arxan, which just released its 5th annual State of Application Security Report [All Reports]. Arxan analyzed 126 popular mobile health and finance apps and found that 90% tested positive for at least two critical security risks.

Perhaps more surprising was the disconnect between perception and reality in the space. According to the Arxan survey, a combined 84% of mobile app users and executives believe their mobile apps are “adequately secure,” despite the security flaws we just mentioned.

For even more information from this study, see the infographic below: Continue reading

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What’s Next After Security In Enterprise Mobility?

A new study released by RightScale last month delivered big news about cloud computing: security is no longer the number 1 challenge related to deploying cloud solutions.

Last year, 28% of IT professionals surveyed cited security as a challenge to cloud, while 27% cited a lack of resources/expertise. This year, the tables turned: 32% cited lack of resources/expertise as a challenge, while 29% cited security.

RightScale’s study may be centered around the state of cloud computing, but its findings also tell us a lot about what’s coming down the pipe for enterprise mobility.

Think about the general deployment process for any new technology in the enterprise—Internet, smartphones, a cloud service, you name it. Whenever a new technology is introduced, IT says no or is hesitant to get on board. Why? You guessed it. Security.

Given a bit of time to develop understanding about the technology, though, security is no longer the biggest issue. Security continues to be important throughout the technology’s lifecycle, but after a while, it’s overtaken by something much more challenging: developing the resources, knowledge, and skillset needed to make the best and highest use of the technology at hand.

As RightScale’s cloud survey shows us, cloud followed this development cycle to a ‘T.’ When it was first introduced, security was the number 1 challenge. Now that organizations have had time to better understand cloud security challenges and how to solve them, though, they’re faced with developing the talent and knowledge needed to really get the most out of cloud.

Right now, enterprise mobility seems to be following a similar path. A Gemalto survey found that over 95% of IT departments are battling with security challenges as they try to increase mobility within their organization. A Dell study showed similar findings. All across the enterprise, security continues to be a top concern as it relates to harnessing mobility strategies.

If history is any indication—and we think it is—then it won’t be long before security ceases to be the number 1 concern surrounding enterprise mobility. Soon, enterprises will instead be faced with discovering new ways to capitalize on mobility and to develop truly comprehensive mobility strategies. That’s much more difficult, but it’s absolutely essential for companies who hope to stay on the cutting-edge.

What’s next after security in enterprise mobility, then, is expertise. Learning from the path cloud has taken in the enterprise, the time to start investing in knowledge and resources for mobility is now. If you can get ahead of the curve and get your organization to invest in developing the knowledge needed to make the most of enterprise mobility, you’ll be in a much better place once security is no longer the top concern.

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Lessons from Mobile World Congress: “Mobile Is Far More Than Mobile”

Mobile World Congress wrapped up earlier this week, and although we didn’t make the trip across the pond to Barcelona, we’ve been keeping a close eye on this year’s events and insights.

MWC 16 didn’t disappoint in terms of new tech–from connected cars to VR–but it remains to be seen how much of this new technology will translate quickly over to the enterprise. Much of the tech at MWC is already on the cutting-edge of the consumer market, and we all know how slow the enterprise is at adopting new technologies.

One of our favorite commentaries on MWC 16 came from Vanessa Hunt, head of mobile at GroupM. Writing for AdNews, Hunt notes that “mobile is far more than mobile.” As she sees it, mobile “is now a convergence of devices, connectivity, and digital service.”

Though she’s talking about mobile as an idea as it relates to all the new technologies on display at MWC, her statement–that mobile is far more than mobile–is one that carries over to the enterprise.

You may not be deploying wearables to all of your employees or using VR to telecommute, but you can still take a note from Hunt and work towards a company-wide approach to mobility that is comprehensive. Rather than just being a means to an end, mobility is a valuable way to bring your company together through that convergence of devices, connectivity, and digital service that Hunt mentions.

Is a change in approach to mobile strategy as ‘sexy’ as that shiny new connected car at MWC 16? Maybe not. But from where we sit, it’s much more likely to have an immediate impact within the enterprise.

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IDC: Mobility Spending to Rise to Almost $2 Trillion By 2019

Good news for the mobility industry: new research from IDC predicts that enterprise and consumer spending on mobile devices, software, and services will reach $1.85 trillion by 2019, up from $1.66 trillion in 2015.

A key component in this spending, of course, is enterprise mobility. IDC’s Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide predicts that healthcare providers will be “the leading growth industry” for mobility, spending more than $30 billion on mobility solutions by 2019. Service spending, IDC predicts, will be the largest category overall at $332 billion in 2019 in Asia/Pacific and $249 billion in the U.S.

IDC also expects the federal government to play a big part in this expansion, with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.7% through 2019, ending at $30.6 billion overall.

Chris Chute, Vice President of IDC’s Customer Insights and Analysis Group, explains how mobility is more than just apps or “going mobile:”

While mobile device ownership and general app uptake has already impacted consumers and businesses large and small, utilizing mobile capabilities to drive wholesale digital transformation in personal and professional spaces continues to represent a growth opportunity for vendors and channel partners.

That’s a trend we’ve mentioned before: the businesses likely to see the most benefit from mobility are not those that get apps for the sake of having apps. Rather, it’s the businesses that are truly committed to mobility as part of a transformational business strategy that should be the most successful moving forward.

Though IDC’s new research examines more than just enterprise mobility, it’s nonetheless an exciting sign of what’s to come. With spending on mobility set to hit almost $2 trillion by 2019, it seems that there are great things in store for all of us here in the enterprise mobility space.

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Mobile Apps Aren’t Just for Employees

When many companies hear “mobile apps,” they immediately think about the most obvious user group: employees.

That makes sense. After all, we spend a lot of time talking about the benefits of mobility in the enterprise. From gains in productivity to cost savings over time, it’s not surprising that employees would be the first group to which companies deploy mobile apps. At most organizations, full-time employees make up the biggest percentage of potential users, and thus are the first segment targeted by mobility programs.

Full-time employees may be the most obvious beneficiaries of enterprise mobility programs, but they’re hardly the only people you should be thinking about when you think mobile apps.

As many of our customers have found, business partners, hourly workers, and contracted employees can all benefit tremendously from mobile apps, too.

At a customer of ours that manufactures products and has relationships with producers all over the country, a curated app store helps pair individual partners with the best apps for their needs. Rather than surfing apps in the public app store, they get the best apps and information directly from our customer. The same dynamic holds up at any company which relies on people other than full-time employees for at least some part of the business.

Although full-time employees are likely your most direct line to realizing the benefits of a well-executed enterprise mobility program, extending that program to other partners can help strengthen relationships, improve productivity, and yes, even impact the bottom line. After all, if someone offered a solution that could improve connectivity and productivity across the entire organization, wouldn’t you take it? That’s exactly what a far-reaching enterprise mobility program does.

Mobile apps aren’t just for full-time employees. If you haven’t thought about how enterprise mobility could help all the other parts of your business, you’re missing out on a great opportunity to improve your company across the board.

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Employee Empowerment: The Key to Enterprise Mobility Adoption?

As more and more companies grow aware of the benefits of mobility, they’ll also realize a critical fact: that without engaged employees, enterprise mobility can never succeed.

Put another way, unless employees embrace mobility and use the company’s mobility solutions for their intended purpose, the enterprise will never fully realize the gains in productivity, efficiency, and any number of other cost-saving effects that mobility can bring.

So: what’s the key to enterprise mobility adoption?

In a recent piece for IT ProPortal, Daniel Kraft coins a concept that we think may be an answer: “employee empowerment.”

“In every success we’ve seen in enterprise mobility so far,” says Kraft, “there’s been one major recurring theme: a company’s ability to take something that was once complex and present it in an easy, convenient way to its people.”

Does your app simplify what was once a complex process? Allow salespeople to meet with more customers? Make securely communicating easier? If it does, you’re empowering employees and starting out your mobility program on the right foot. If your apps don’t make life easier, it may be that you’ve simply taken a desktop function and made it mobile without improving the process.

Kraft’s observation has held true in our client work, too. Transforming the business with the help of mobility is difficult, but makes the long-term effects so much more rewarding. Compared to an app that just takes an old process and puts it on users’ phones, an approach to mobility that’s designed to capitalize on the benefits of mobility and streamline key business processes is much more likely to deliver higher ROI as time goes on.

Is employee empowerment as we’ve explained it here the only key to increasing adoption rates of mobility in the enterprise? Hardly. Ease of signup, software updates, convenient app store search, and reliable apps are just a few of the many other factors that impact adoption. That said, we agree with Kraft that employee empowerment will likely be a critical element at the center of any successful enterprise mobility strategy.

For long-term mobility success, your mobile apps must make your users (from employees to contractors) more efficient. Even if you have everything else in place, without that element of employee empowerment, you’ll have a difficult time finding success.

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