Not Happy With Your Enterprise App Experience? You’re Not Alone

Last week, we took a quick look at the results of Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s recent industry insight report. While many of the results of their survey were positive, some 57% of respondents had not yet implemented their digital transformation process. In other words, many companies still have a long way to go before their mobile app programs are fully mature. 

What’s the story, though, with companies that are knee-deep in the mobile app experience? A recent survey by Kony and Wakefield Research finds that many companies aren’t quite satisfied with the current state of their mobility efforts. Continue Reading

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Highlights from Enterprise Mobility Exchange’s 2017 Industry Insight Report

The question of where IT is headed is always a difficult one to answer.

Though it often seems that adoption of new technologies in the enterprise moves at a snail’s pace, every year, new tech is introduced that has the potential to dramatically transform the future of business. At the same time, businesses are constantly figuring out new ways to leverage old technology to their advantage. All of this means that there are a myriad of factors at play when it comes to predicting the new and the next.

To track some of that progress, each year, the Enterprise Mobility Exchange surveys IT professionals to get a sense of how enterprises are leveraging technology, what is trending up or down, and what is upcoming or outgoing. This year’s survey, titled “Industry Insight 2017: The State of Enterprise Mobility,” dives head first into those questions.

We had a look at this year’s report. Here’s what we found particularly interesting: Continue Reading

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Building a Mobility Strategy, Part III: Identifying Your Users

This post is the last in a three-part series on building a mobility strategy within the enterprise. To read part one, click here. To read part two, click here

Over the last few weeks, we’ve spent a good bit of time talking through the basics of building a mobility strategy. Central to our discussion thus far have been two ideas: your apps should have an operational focus, and you need to treat your enterprise apps like commercial app builders do (that is, you must market them internally). 

The final key to building your mobility strategy, one that we’ve only touched on thus far, is something that seems counterintuitive: you should ignore some of your employees.  Continue Reading

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Happy Fourth of July from the App47 Team!

From all of us at the App47 team to you: Happy Independence Day!

On this lovely Tuesday, the Fourth of July, we hope that you are kicking back and relaxing with your family and friends. No matter where you come from or what state you live in, today is certainly a day to celebrate.

Have a terrific day. We’ll see you all next week!

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Building a Mobility Strategy, Part II: Driving Adoption

This post is part two in a three-part series on building a mobility strategy within the enterprise. To read part one, click here. Check back in after the Fourth of July for part three.  

As all too many companies have learned the hard way, building an app is no guarantee that employees will actually use it. With that in mind, you would be remiss not to consider how you’ll drive adoption when building out your mobility strategy. Continue Reading

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Building a Mobility Strategy, Part I: Operational Focus

This post is part one in a three-part series on building a mobility strategy within the enterprise. Check in next week for part two.

More than a quarter of organizations have not built, customized, or virtualized any mobile apps in the last year. That’s according to a recent Gartner survey and is, quite frankly, staggering.

But the news isn’t all bad. Many companies are turning out apps in high quantities. And, in our view, the companies that haven’t deployed any apps in the last year are ripe for building and deploying their own solutions—in due time, of course.

The conversation in the mobility space, then, is changing from one of “here’s why you should build a mobile app” to “you want to build an app?—here’s how you should do it.” Most stakeholders now see the importance of functional mobile apps for their workforces. The question then becomes how best to design those apps so they make everyone more productive. Continue Reading

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Make the Most of Your Summer Vacation With These 5 Apps

Few things in life are better than a summer vacation. 

Whether you’re cracking open a cold one and kicking your feet up on the porch, or leaving on a jet plane to somewhere exotic, chances are, there’s an app that can help make you vacation more enjoyable.

With summer on our minds, we thought we’d share a few of our favorite apps for making the most of your summer vacation. Take a look at our list below: Continue Reading

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Keeping Tabs on the Pillars of Enterprise Mobility

In the quest to implement a successful enterprise mobility program, it can be helpful to have guideposts to reference. While asking, “how will we know if our program is successful?” is a simple way to qualify success, having more specific guidelines in mind can keep your program on track.

Though at the end of the day, every organization’s mobility needs are going to be different, there are a number of factors that each and every organization should keep in mind as they weigh the success (or lack thereof) of their respective programs. Continue Reading

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Still Weighing the Merits of MAM vs. MDM? It’s Time to Make a Decision

The MAM versus MDM debate is not new. We first advocated for MAM on our blog in 2011. But here in 2017, some six years later, it appears that many companies still have yet to make a decision between the two. At the very least, many companies haven’t yet adopted an MAM strategy—which could be costly for business.

The ostensible hesitation of companies to deploy mobile apps is apparent in examining the results of Gartner’s latest mobile app survey. Incredibly, more than a quarter of organizations around the world haven’t built, customized, or virtualized any apps in the latest year. (The positive news here is that this number is down from the 39% who reported the same results in 2016.) Continue Reading

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Shaping the Future of Policy for Mobile App Companies: App47 Goes to Washington

Although the “fun” side of mobile app development is just that—fun—there’s more to the industry than just examining the new and the next. For better or worse, the policy side of mobility is becoming an increasingly important part of running a business that deals with mobile apps.

Though we don’t talk about it much, the App47 team devotes a significant amount of time and resources to understanding, applying, and shaping the policies and laws surrounding our field. For years we’ve been involved in a number of efforts to work with lawmakers on mobility policy, perhaps most significantly in conjunction with ACT (The App Association), with whom we’ve visited Washington a number of times.

A few weeks ago, we attended a luncheon with around 40 congressional staffers to discuss the policies that impact companies in the mobility space. Continue Reading

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