Tips for enterprise app stores – how to make employees stay

According to Aaron Freimark, chief technology officer of accessory specialist Tekserve, enterprises looking to build an internal app store should look at two main factors to improve their chances of success:

  • Enterprise app stores should include links to recommended public apps alongside their internal company apps.
  • They should also only show users apps they can tangibly use - in other words if authentication blocks access to an app, then a user shouldn't be able to download it.

Freimark has extensive experience in this field in his...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Does all the #BYOD hype tell the full story?

Around 60% of US companies still retain control of purchasing, management and liability of all employee mobile devices, while only 20% of European firms run fully governed BYOD programmes, according to two new studies.

The first, conducted among US telecoms professionals by Dimension Data for Xigo and CCMI, revealed that an increasing number of companies have begun to embrace BYOD strategies, chiefly as a means of keeping employees happy.

Over a fifth of respondents claimed their company already employed some...

By Matthew Henkes, 18 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Mobile no longer an alternative channel across MEA

Mobile can no longer be considered an alternative channel across the Middle East and Africa by fincnial services firms, says industry analyst IDC.

Increasing mobile penetration and growing consumer demand are presenting a huge opportunity for mobile financial services in the region. Almost 800 million mobile subscribers represent market penetration of over 80%, yet only 35% of consumers are currently using mobile banking.

However, as end users become more technologically savvy, their need for services at...

By Matthew Henkes, 16 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Research.

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.