Enterprise mobility has become mainstream over the past decade, and today companies of all sizes in all verticals are enjoying the benefits of a more effective, productive, and satisfied mobile workforce.
Now, the next wave of enterprise mobility is upon us. We are moving beyond email, consumer applications, and web browsing, and we’re leveraging apps in a whole new way.
We’re seeing a significant rise in custom apps, intended solely for internal use within the enterprise. These apps give employees full mobile access to corporate data, organizational systems, and work processes, so they can work productively and securely in any environment.
Enterprise mobility apps are preferable to consumer apps for a variety of reasons. For starters, by designing, building, deploying, and managing their own apps, enterprises ensure the highest level of security and productivity.
Secondly, companies can configure enterprise apps to work offline, so mobile employees can continue to be productive even when not connected to wi-fi or mobile networks.
When rolling out your own enterprise mobility apps, security needs to be number one on the priority list.
Enforce data encryption, user authentication, and self-updating apps. Disable copy and paste, and set apps to automatically close after they’ve been running for a predetermined period of time. And finally, we recommend having an enterprise app store that contains both custom apps and white-listed consumer apps.
Custom apps are the new frontier in enterprise mobility, which means there is risk involved. Some of your apps will succeed, and some of them will fail.
Our advice? Embrace the risk. Enterprise mobility apps are only going to become more prevalent in the next few years, and it’s in your company’s best interest to be at the forefront and have the right managed mobility services and solutions.