Apperian announces solid financials and deal with US Transportation Security Agency

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It’s safe to say it’s been an extremely good couple of weeks for mobile app management (MAM) provider Apperian.

The company announced it had closed 2014 with record growth earlier in February, and also revealed it has received Authority to Operate (ATO) with the US Transportation Security Agency (TSA), meaning the TSA will be rolling out its internal enterprise app store pumping out Apperian-powered products.

The effect is of workers being able to utilise their mobile devices for training programs, internal communications and regulation updates among others, with the TSA going for a MAM approach instead of mobile device management (MDM). It also represents an interesting case study as BYOD begins to infiltrate the public sector, and industries which a couple of years ago refused point blank to adopt.

“We’re seeing a significant increase in interest in mobility technology from the public sector, which has stringent security requirements especially as BYOD becomes more prevalent,” said Harvey Morrison, Apperian SVP global public sector and corporate accounts in a statement.

“Our ATO certification proves that our security is bulletproof and we’re looking forward to deploying the enterprise app store for the TSA and working with other government organisations to help them maximise the value of investments in mobility,” he added.

Apperian’s USP is being able to operate above the device management layer, and work effectively pushing out mobile applications in companies that have multiple MDM deployments. With the continued prevalence of enterprise mobility management (EMM), incorporating MDM functionality with mobile app development platforms, identity management and telecoms expense management among others, it’s an interesting example of success through another route.

As CCS Insight analyst Nick McQuire noted on Apperian’s financial results: “Apperian [is] validating MAM as [a] standalone need. The EMM players [are] no doubt taking note.”

In December Apperian announced a partnership with Alpha Software to solve the ‘mobile app gap’, whereby IT can publish multiple apps rapidly to its enterprise app store, as well as create security policies without time-consuming modifications to the SDK.

It’s an important facet of enterprise mobility today, as CIOs are continually exasperated with the backlog of apps raising the cost of mobile projects while stunting productivity. Various companies are trying to bridge that issue by creating low-code solutions to pump out high quality enterprise apps in a hurry, such as Reddo Mobility, SkyGiraffe, and ManyWho. Yet validation of Apperian’s solution by the TSA is a big win for the Boston-based firm going forward.

 

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