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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In Mobile Apps, Function Trumps Form

You’ve heard it before: form should never trump function. But often, it does. Consumers have all too much experience with that phone that doesn’t quite work right, or those shoes that look great but wear out too soon, or, apparently, that app that promises the world but always falls just a little bit short.

Pressured by the urge to release the next big app, consumer app developers too often pump out great looking apps with short shelf lives and bad user experiences. Companies do it, too. Though this may not be a huge surprise, research shows that functionality—not looks—is what will make an app stick over the long-term.

Last year, Dimensional Research dug into the issue of user satisfaction with mobile apps. Among other things, they found that: Continue Reading

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Survey Finds Enterprises View iOS as Most Secure Platform, with Others Following Closely Behind

Perception matters. From first dates to vendor contracts, a positive perception is what gets you in the door.

In the enterprise mobility space, perceptions about security, ease of use, cost, and customer support all factor into a company’s decision to deploy one type of device over another. According to a recent survey by Tech Pro Research, Apple is winning the perception game when it comes to platform security. Continue Reading

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What’s Your Dialpad Solution?

As Heather Clancy explained in a recent article for FORTUNE, desk phones chain workers to one location. Businesses need phones, of course, but proprietary telecom equipment is expensive. Business telecom, it seems, is in need of a bit of a reinvention.

Cloud startup Dialpad hopes to change the communications space and is taking advantage of the enterprise mobile app trend to do it. Dialpad CEO Craig Walker told FORTUNE that the company is trying to figure out “How do you take the best of mobile app technology and use those tools to replace the enterprise voice system?” Continue Reading

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Betting on IoT for future success? Not without EMM

According to a report recently released by British telecommunications provider Vodafone, 8 in 10 businesses are betting on the Internet of Things for future success. In fact, as Computer Business Review notes, half of those (4 in 10) are already fully up and running with some sort of IoT strategy.

Things only get more interesting from there; 63% of the 1,096 respondents from 17 countries said they’ve seen significant ROI on their IoT efforts, and 24% of the IT budget at those same companies is now directed exclusively towards IoT. For a technology that hasn’t even reached maturity, that’s remarkable. Continue Reading

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Navigating the Complex Enterprise Compliance World—With the Help of stackArmor

Last year, the App47 team was faced with a daunting task unlike any we’d come across before: meeting the compliance needs of a Fortune 500 company in the highly regulated healthcare industry. We needed to do it quickly, too. We were in the process of navigating a large bid for a project, and our ability to move forwarded depended on meeting the complex security and compliance needs of this company.

Meeting security and compliance requirements is no easy task, even at a company with a full-time CISSO and compliance team. As a startup, we don’t have the luxury of having a team like that on board. Of course, that didn’t change the fact that there were mounds of paperwork to read—chock-full of dense language that can be hard to understand—and real compliance needs to be met before we had the chance to move forward on the project. Continue Reading

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Solving Enterprise Mobility’s 3 Biggest Challenges

In a perfect world, companies would be able to move from ideation to execution of a mobile app program in a matter of days. But, as anyone who’s ever implemented a company-wide program knows, there are bound to be challenges and obstacles that extend the process.

In a recent piece for WhaTech, writer Vipin Jain discussed three common problems that are critical to the employment of enterprise mobility: security, speed, and real-time access to data. Though we don’t claim to have all the answers, we think we have some pretty good responses to his concerns. Here’s how the App47 platform can help organizations of all sizes address enterprise mobility’s biggest challenges: Continue Reading

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App47 Feature Update: Full iOS Crash Log Integration

For mobile app developers, few pieces of post-deployment data are as important as crash logs. It’s valuable to have information about who is using apps and how often, but if developers aren’t able to see why and how frequently their apps are crashing, long-term app usage will suffer.

Last week, we discussed changes to geodata in the App47 platform. This week, we’re pleased to announce some new changes to the way iOS crash logs are handled. We hope this change will make it easier than ever for people who use our platform to understand why their apps crash. Continue Reading

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App47 Feature Update: Changes to Geodata

For our clients whose businesses span city, state, or national borders, knowing exactly where their mobile apps are being used is essential. Having a way to look at who is using apps and where can provide valuable insight about an app’s adoption, and enables companies to shift on the fly should they observe an unusual or interesting pattern in usage data.

App47 customers have always had access to some form of geodata along with the rest of their session data that tells them how many times apps are used, how often they’re opened, when they crash, and other valuable information. We’ve made some changes to the way we tag and present geodata, however, and we think this will be a great feature for many of our new customers. Continue Reading

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