Building a mobility strategy: How to drive adoption

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.

This question—“how will we get our employees to use our apps?”—is a relatively new one for companies. When devices were company-owned, and pre-loaded with software, there was no need to ponder whether or not employees would use the devices...

By App47, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Keeping tabs on the key 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 organisation’s mobility needs are going to be different, there are a number of factors that each and every organisation should keep in mind as they weigh the success (or...

By App47, 12 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

How the enterprise machine is shaking up healthcare

The enterprise machine is the new wave of enterprise application management. Still a relatively new concept, utilizing the enterprise machine in your product lineup can help generate additional revenue and give you full control over the user experience.  

Of course, ranting and raving about the positive benefits of the enterprise machine means little if you aren’t...

By App47, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM.

Why user behaviour continues to put enterprises at risk

No matter how rigorous an approach you take to security in the enterprise, your biggest threat to security will always be your users.

Though the so-called “user threat” has been well-known by IT professionals since the dawn of the computer, a new study commissioned by RiskIQ finds that the problem is extremely pervasive, and still poses a serious threat for consumer and enterprise app usage.

RiskIQ surveyed 1,000...

By App47, 09 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why self-service is a key component of successful EMM

If you’re wondering how best to build employee buy-in for your enterprise mobility program, the first place you should look is your enrollment/onboarding process.

Put another way: the onboarding process is most employees’ first touch point with your EMM program. If it isn’t simple and easy to follow, you’re already starting the relationship on the wrong foot.

So: what does the ideal EMM enrollment process look like? In our minds, the process should:

Be self-service

The single best way...

By App47, 26 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Is it time to drop the ‘m’ in mobile application management?

For most of our life as a company, we’ve lived in the Mobile Application Management, or MAM, space. 

Not any more. 

Increasingly, we see our future as dependent on dropping the “M.” We’re not just dealing with mobile application management now. We’re dealing with application management at large. 

What this means, of course, is that companies are shifting their focus from using applications only on mobile phones to increase employee...

By App47, 25 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, MAM.

In EMM, mobile maturity brings profitability

Not all enterprise mobile apps are created equal.

Look and feel aside, the function of an app can have a significant impact on your bottom line. And yet, according to a recent study, not many enterprises are reaching for the moon with their mobility programs.

As AppsTechNews reports, a new study by Synchronoss Technologies finds that two in five enterprises only use mobility for email, calendar,...

By App47, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why your new enterprise app will fail: Avoid these classic pitfalls

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Last year, we wrote a blog post about what employees want in enterprise mobile apps. The key criteria were (and still are) simple: employees want apps that work, that make their lives easier, and that are easy to use.

Follow those guidelines, and it’s more likely than not that your app will succeed given the right infrastructure and strategy. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum: what are some signs your shiny new app might fail?

Nitesh...

By App47, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

A new era: The rise of the enterprise machine

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We’re living in an era of mobility.

Consumers use apps to help track their weight and fitness. To manage airline tickets and Chipotle coupons. To check the latest scores of their favourite teams. And enterprise employees are using apps to help manage inventory, boost productivity, simplify work in the field, and more. All around us, mobile devices and applications are making life easier for us as “users”.

Increasingly, however, we’re noticing the rise of something...

By App47, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Highlights from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: What type of user are you?

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A couple of weeks ago, the App47 team attended Enterprise Mobility Exchange 2016 in Las Vegas. EME is a who’s who of thought leaders in the enterprise mobility space, and is always a great opportunity for our team to talk to other businesses about what’s working, what isn’t, and what’s on the horizon in the industry.

We’d be here all day if we recapped everything we discussed at EME, so instead, we’ll focus on a...

By App47, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.

Will IoT change the face of enterprise mobility?

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The world of enterprise mobility has already undergone significant change in the last few years. With so many devices in the workplace today, assuming control over all employee devices with an MDM approach would be nigh impossible. Instead, many companies have moved to MAM, which focuses on securing and managing applications rather than assuming full control of smartphones and laptops.

In a new article for ComputerWorld, writer Peter Fretty suggests that

By App47, 14 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

The four common enterprise mobility mistakes to avoid

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Implementing an enterprise mobility program in your business can be a great way to boost employee productivity, improve employee and customer retention, and make a positive impact on your bottom line. But it isn’t all roses. A poorly executed mobility program can hinder more than it helps, which is why it’s so important to carefully plan before making the leap.

A new article in CIOReview

By App47, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

What you need to do if you’re behind the curve on enterprise apps

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More businesses than ever are deploying apps for their employees to use. That should mean that those businesses have a strategy for which apps to deploy and why—right?

Not so fast. Though a new study from Adobe found that the majority of departments (62%) think it’s important to “be ahead of the curve compared to competitors” with mobile apps, most departments (66%) believe they’re...

By App47, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

Picking an EMM vendor? Here’s what to consider

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In the last five or so years, the complexity of enterprise mobility systems has increased considerably. More devices and more mobile work by employees means companies must find solutions which enable management in and out of the office—and even on employee devices the company doesn’t own.

As this transition to mobile work has taken place, we’ve also seen a rise in the number of companies - such as App47 - offering their own unique solutions to enterprise mobility management....

By App47, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

Are you marketing your apps to employees in the right way?

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A few months ago, we discussed an interesting idea: in your enterprise, you don’t have users—you have “internal customers.” In other words, rather than treating employees as users who must use your app, you should think of them as customers—people with different choices who should use your app because they want to.  

That idea has been kicking around a lot in our heads recently, so we thought we’d...

By App47, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Marketing.

Employees want mobile-first work experiences – but they aren’t getting them

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Despite the proliferation of smartphones and enterprise mobility management systems, as well as the explosion of consumer app development, it seems that many employees aren’t getting the work experiences they desire.

That’s the conclusion of a recent report by Sapho and Forrester Research, which explored how business apps can accelerate digital transformation in the enterprise....

By App47, 26 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why you don’t just need enterprise apps – but an app store with it

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"The idea of an app store is to give more empowerment for business users. It delivers a clear message: IT lets you use the best tools to perform your work, help yourself and take control. So it is not just an app store, it is a cultural change for IT and business."

So said writer Sue Marquette Poremba in a piece for IT Business Edge on the power of enterprise app stores. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we couldn’t...

By App47, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility.

New study finds app developers are rushing app releases

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know just how much we stress the importance of developing apps with great user experiences and real utility in the workplace. It’s simple: good apps help increase adoption rates, keep your employees engaged, and may even help mitigate shadow IT usage.

The trouble is, of course, that apps don’t grow on trees. Developing any...

By App47, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

If you're not tracking performance, don't bother with enterprise apps

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Are you tracking and testing the performance of mobile apps in your enterprise? If you aren’t, you shouldn’t even bother with apps.

Okay—so maybe that’s a little dramatic. But the main premise of the statement holds true: if you aren’t tracking the performance of your suite of mobile apps, you’ll never realise their full potential.

Time and time again, we’ve talked about

By App47, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.