Enterprise app store adoption rises: Gartner
- 13 February, 2013 10:59
One quarter of enterprises will have an enterprise app store by 2017, according to a Gartner report.
The statistic is worldwide but Gartner analyst Brian Prentice told Computerworld Australia he believes “Australia will track global averages”.
“Apps downloaded from public app stores for mobile devices disrupt IT security, application and procurement strategies," Gartner analyst Ian Finley said in a statement.
"Bring your own application (BYOA) has become as important as bring your own device (BYOD) in the development of a comprehensive mobile strategy, with the trend toward BYOA beginning to affect desktop and Web applications as well.”
"[Enterprise app stores represent] at least a partial solution, but only if IT security, application, procurement and sourcing professionals can work together to successfully apply the app store concept to their enterprises," Finley said.
“When successful, they can increase the value delivered by the application portfolio and reduce the associated risks, license fees and administration expenses."
Gartner predicted that the increasing number of mobile devices and rising use of mobile device management (MDM) software will drive adoption of enterprise app stores.
"Today, most MDM providers have a simple way of extending apps to mobile devices, usually through a basic agent on the device, but many are launching more-sophisticated app stores that can host enterprise and third-party apps to be accessed by smartphones, tablets and PCs,” said Gartner analyst Phillip Redman.
Gartner cautioned that an enterprise app store must provide a wide selection of apps to be successful. Users won’t use enterprise app stores if they provide little choice, it said.
Evernote, a consumer app commonly brought into the work place, this week released a business version in response to IT managers seeking greater control of the software used by employees.
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