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“Mobile apps – what’s in it for me?”

If it goes unanswered, that challenging question posed by field workers asked to adopt a new mobile app will surely find expression in their later behaviour – especially if the answer is “Erm, to be honest not very much.”

To suggest that user acceptance is all when it comes to mobile apps is almost to understate the case. As countless companies have discovered to their bottom line cost, gripping the issues...

By Yad Jaura, 25 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

New study argues enterprises are too lax on mobile app security

2014 was the toughest year on record for mobile security threats. 16 million mobile devices were hit by malware, representing a 25% spike year on year. More sophisticated threats, such as Heartbleed and NotCompatible, are coming to the fore. With that in mind, you’d expect users and organisations to be more vigilant about their app security, right?

Wrong. According to new data released...

By James Bourne, 23 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why wearables aren't the next big thing in the enterprise...for now

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This week marks two weeks passed since Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. As one of the (if not the) world’s biggest mobile-focused shows, every year, MWC is the place to be for cutting-edge mobile tech, trends, news, and more.

We’ve had some time to digest all the news coming out of the show over the last few weeks. What did we find? Well… a lot.

Some of the biggest themes seem to be mobile security and management—both of which are good...

By App47, 20 March 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Wearables.

Ovum notes uncertainty over HTML5, hybrid or native in enterprise mobile app development

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Enterprises are prioritising mobile apps over all other app development requirements, but they’re still uncertain over which way to go about it, according to a paper from Ovum.

The analyst house, in its report “Selecting a Mobile App Development Platform Solution, 2015-16”, argues the choice between HTML5, native or app development “refuses to be resolved.” Pure-play mobile app development platform (MADP) vendors are theoretically struggling against...

By James Bourne, 20 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, HTML5, Research.

How many unsafe enterprise apps are in your organisation? It may be more than you think

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Research from Veracode has revealed the average global enterprise has 2,400 unsafe applications in its mobile environment.

Veracode analysed 400,000 mobile applications, across a plethora of industry verticals, including financial services, manufacturing and telecommunications, and found 85% expose sensitive device data, such as phone contacts, SMS message logs and other SIM card information.

Over a third (37%) of apps tested performed suspicious security actions, according to the...

By James Bourne, 19 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Red Hat focuses its enterprise mobility vision with four-pronged attack

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Open source technology provider Red Hat has announced a new vision to help businesses succeed in the “mobile-first” economy, focusing broadly on the development ecosystem.

Red Hat, which acquired Irish mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider FeedHenry in September 2014, has taken the opportunity to issue an update on St. Patrick’s Day and focused its strategy on platform architecture; developer experience; technology integration; and collaboration in two-track IT...

By James Bourne, 17 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Employees are building their own enterprise apps rather than wait for IT, survey reveals

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It’s the usual rigmarole; the business needs apps to fulfil its tasks more easily, but IT, who still has one eye on keeping the lights on, can’t keep up.

Rather than sit in silence, employees are looking for their own solutions, and in some case building their own applications, according to a new report from K2.

The report, of more than 2000 US adults, cites the entrepreneurial spirit of today’s workforce alongside the increased prevalence of freemium tools in driving this...

By James Bourne, 13 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

ACE aims for an open standard in managing and securing enterprise apps

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ACE, the App Configuration for Enterprise, has been launched by five enterprise mobile firms in order to simplify and scale the deployment of apps in the enterprise through various standards.

The founding members, AirWatch by VMware, Box, Cisco, Workday and Xamarin, aim through ACE to provide standardised app configurations and polices that will interoperate with all EMM solutions. Among the standards proposed are automating first-time setup experience, single sign-on to avoid...

By James Bourne, 10 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Report shows how the enterprise app development gold rush is gaining pace

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43% of enterprise app developers make more than $10,000 (£6,620) per month compared with 19% of their consumer counterparts, according to a survey from VisionMobile.

The Q1 2015 State of the Developer Nation report sheds light on enterprise app development trends, two quarters after the market analyst firm predicted enterprise apps would be “the next gold rush”. There were some intriguing key trends:

  • One in five (20%) developers polled prioritise enterprise apps; while this number is still dwarfed by consumer (63%),...

By James Bourne, 09 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

The seven keys to industrialising enterprise mobility [infographic]

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When organisations are looking to mobilise their workforce, there’s usually a fork in the road. Which path do you take? Do you go down the route of creating custom apps, or do you go for an all-in-one mobile solution?

Mobile productivity solutions provider Sitrion has come up with an infographic which states the case for both options, and guides on how to industrialise enterprise mobility.

Sitrion cites the 80/20 rule in industrialising mobile; 80% of the tasks you need to...

By James Bourne, 06 March 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Infographic.