5APP's new paid and freemium enterprise app platform

UK-based business mobilisation specialist firm 5APP has become the latest company to offer hosted app development and management services on both a paid and freemium model into the rapidly expanding enterprise sector.

Driven by the rapid growth of BYOD, many organisations are looking for ways to manage their employees’ through apps operating on their personal devices.

Using standard web-programming tools, such as HTML5, CSS and Javascript the new toolkit allows developers...

By Matthew Henkes, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Is there no ‘perfect answer’ on enterprise smartphone liability?

A new report from connectivity experts iPass attempts to shed light on whether the corporation or the employee should own enterprise smartphone data.

The report focuses primarily on the aspect of ‘liability’ and its associated sub-categories, including privacy, regulatory and financial liability.

According to Forrester analyst Ted Schadler, workers should be divided into categories based on their data usage as part of a wider strategy on smartphone ownership and control:

  • Those who use the most sensitive...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

What are the key issues for successful B2E app projects?

With consumer apps increasingly raising the bar in terms of design and user experience, a new report has revealed that delivering high quality user experiences is one of the key aspects of business’ enterprise app wish list.

A report from MGI Research, sponsored by the app developer Kony Solutions, revealed that around 64% of businesses surveyed were planning to deploy new business-to-employee (B2E) apps as a way to bolster their competitive advantage and increase customer engagement, brand value and...

By Matthew Henkes, 12 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, HTML5.

RIM "not in a death slide" - But what are its options?

As RIM’s CEO Thorsten Heins was forced to defend the ailing Blackberry maker once again this week, insisting the company was not in “in a death spiral”, it’s worth looking at some of the facts and asking, what’s next for RIM?

Following a series of bungled product launches, the dire performance of the Blackberry Playbook, and the departure of the company’s formerly iconic co-CEO team, Heins may have expected a period of grace where people believed he might be able to turn...

By Matthew Henkes, 04 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft.

It's Yammer time for Microsoft with latest buy

Yammer, the social network which “brings the power of social networking to the enterprise”, has been bought by Microsoft for an estimated $1.2bn (£768m).

The move comes as Microsoft tries to expand upon its complementary cloud services and, more importantly, fend off competition from Google for its influential Office products.

The money involved is hefty, but small change compared to the $8.5bn (£5.4m) Microsoft shelled out for Skype last year.

From Microsoft’s perspective, Yammer will be...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Is RIM mulling the sale of its hardware business?

Blackberry maker RIM is considering the sale of its once dominant hardware unit, according to the Sunday Times.

Last month the ailing former king of enterprise phones brought in two banks, JP Morgan Chase & Co and RBC Capital Markets, to analyse the company’s options and help it beat a path back to healthy profit.

One of these options appears to be splitting the business in two and selling off the once lucrative hardware side, leaving the other half free to concentrate on areas like automotive,...

By Matthew Henkes, 25 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

Connectivity is like oxygen for enterprise mobility workers

Connectivity is like oxygen for today’s mobile workforce, according to a new report, with many mobile workers claiming that wireless access is as important to them as running water or electricity.

The latest quarterly Mobile Workforce Report from iPass revealed a number of surprising trends among the new army of enterprise mobility workers that now find themselves umbilically...

By Matthew Henkes, 23 May 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Research.

Chelsea Apps hires B2B and enterprise apps specialists

London-based app consultancy and development house Chelsea Apps Factory have made a number of new appointments that point to an increasing focus on the enterprise apps market.

CEO Mike Anderson says they’re still pursuing a dual strategy, having already delivered a number of high profile consumer and enterprise apps, but makes no bones about the massive opportunities in the enterprise apps space.

Mike Altendorf, founder of Conchango Plc, sold to EMC Corporation in 2008, has joined the CAF board as a...

By Matthew Henkes, 13 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

RIM releases Blackberry Mobile Fusion for business users

RIM has launched a new mobile management solution, aiming to win back its business clientele and allow users to control mobile devices of various operating systems remotely.

Announced in November, the Blackberry Mobile Fusion solution offers organisations the ability to manage the multitude of different iOS, Android and Blackberry devices they’ve seen flooding into their organisation as a result of BYOD policies.

It provides a web-based control centre that allows IT managers a raft of management...

By Dani Millward, 05 April 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Google launches GetMo mobile site scheme for businesses

Google has launched a new initiative, aimed to encourage UK businesses to establish a mobile web presence.

The new scheme, called GetMo, offers businesses tips for building a mobile friendly website, alongside looking at the consumer trends in mobile. The GetMoMeter tool enables companies to see how websites look and run of mobile devices.

According to Google, 79% of large UK online advertisers had no mobile site, despite a 166% increase in mobile searches during Christmas last year.

Ian Carrington,...

By Dani Millward, 14 March 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.