Good Technology’s latest Mobility Index shows continued aggressive enterprise app uptake
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Latest industry figures from enterprise mobility management provider Good Technology show iOS retains its lead as the leading enterprise operating system, while custom app development across industries grows aggressively.
The numbers, taken from Good customers and found in the firm’s quarterly Mobility Index Report, saw app activation up 28% quarter over quarter, and up 48% from this time last year. Different industry verticals saw different apps preferred; the financial services sector, for instance, saw secure IM account for 27% of all apps activated. As the report notes: secure mobile IM is becoming a substitute for a shout across a trading floor.
For business and professional services, document editing apps took the most share, with over a quarter (26%) of deployments. Document editing, document access and secure browser apps comprised almost two thirds (64%) of all apps deployed in this sector.
Phil Barnett, Good EMEA general manager, argues the results are in line with what the company is seeing. He tells Enterprise AppsTech: “A couple of years ago, when I first joined, [apps were] a bit of an aspiration on our side. Now companies are really doing it in anger. From our point of view it shows that it’s becoming easier for people to secure them with Good, and the confidence is there.”
He adds: “I think what we’re starting to see is a lot more imagination around what type of apps are really going to turn the dials on productivity and maybe competitive advantage. From our side, I think it’s the more interesting part of the job; while email is the heartland, it’s not the thing that’s really going to set the leaders of our customers excited about driving productivity.”
iOS retains a strong market share among Good customers; despite it dropping a single percent, it retains 72% of all activations, with Cupertino holding a 70% or better market share since the introduction of the iPhone 6, which comprises 26% of all devices registered. Android gained one percent to 26%, with Windows Phone on 1% and Windows itself comprising another 1%, for the first time – this share was down primarily to tablets running Windows Pro. In terms of tablets, iOS again dominated (81%) with Android (15%) and Windows (4%) trailing.
Part of the reason for Android’s relative lack of presence in the results could stem from Good not being a partner of Google’s Android for Work scheme. Good does work closely with Google, not to mention a partnership with Samsung KNOX, and CEO Christy Wyatt took the step of clarifying issues in a blog post, saying Good was invited to be part of Android for Work, but declined due to perceived security fears.
Does this partially explain the disparity between iOS and Android in the survey results? “There’s a bit of personal conjecture in this, but I don’t think so,” Barnett replies. “We have a lot of interest in Samsung. I’m not trying to be on the party line, [but] Samsung are really great to work with – they’ve invested a lot in the relationship.”
He adds: “Good for Samsung KNOX has been very well received by the more cautious customers, who are worried about trust. Not all clients are just looking at the [Samsung Galaxy] S6, the S5 is still a good product for certain customers. The interesting thing for us with Samsung is they’ve got a lot of alternative devices, ruggedized ones – it opens up different conversations.”
One area which didn’t garner much attention in the report but is certainly of interest to Good is wearables. The EMM provider announced a solution to support wearable devices at this year’s Mobile World Congress, and Barnett notes: “Lots of people are thinking about two factor authentication with wearables, but that’s throwing up some stuff around BYOD. You’re not going to corporately issue a watch, but people might want to have access to email notification around that.”
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