In EMM, mobile maturity brings profitability

Not all enterprise mobile apps are created equal.

Look and feel aside, the function of an app can have a significant impact on your bottom line. And yet, according to a recent study, not many enterprises are reaching for the moon with their mobility programs.

As AppsTechNews reports, a new study by Synchronoss Technologies finds that two in five enterprises only use mobility for email, calendar,...

By App47, 17 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why your new enterprise app will fail: Avoid these classic pitfalls

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Last year, we wrote a blog post about what employees want in enterprise mobile apps. The key criteria were (and still are) simple: employees want apps that work, that make their lives easier, and that are easy to use.

Follow those guidelines, and it’s more likely than not that your app will succeed given the right infrastructure and strategy. But what about the opposite end of the spectrum: what are some signs your shiny new app might fail?

Nitesh...

By App47, 20 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

A new era: The rise of the enterprise machine

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We’re living in an era of mobility.

Consumers use apps to help track their weight and fitness. To manage airline tickets and Chipotle coupons. To check the latest scores of their favourite teams. And enterprise employees are using apps to help manage inventory, boost productivity, simplify work in the field, and more. All around us, mobile devices and applications are making life easier for us as “users”.

Increasingly, however, we’re noticing the rise of something...

By App47, 12 January 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility.

Highlights from the Enterprise Mobility Exchange: What type of user are you?

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A couple of weeks ago, the App47 team attended Enterprise Mobility Exchange 2016 in Las Vegas. EME is a who’s who of thought leaders in the enterprise mobility space, and is always a great opportunity for our team to talk to other businesses about what’s working, what isn’t, and what’s on the horizon in the industry.

We’d be here all day if we recapped everything we discussed at EME, so instead, we’ll focus on a...

By App47, 06 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, MAM, MDM.

Will IoT change the face of enterprise mobility?

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The world of enterprise mobility has already undergone significant change in the last few years. With so many devices in the workplace today, assuming control over all employee devices with an MDM approach would be nigh impossible. Instead, many companies have moved to MAM, which focuses on securing and managing applications rather than assuming full control of smartphones and laptops.

In a new article for ComputerWorld, writer Peter Fretty suggests that

By App47, 14 November 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

The four common enterprise mobility mistakes to avoid

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Implementing an enterprise mobility program in your business can be a great way to boost employee productivity, improve employee and customer retention, and make a positive impact on your bottom line. But it isn’t all roses. A poorly executed mobility program can hinder more than it helps, which is why it’s so important to carefully plan before making the leap.

A new article in CIOReview

By App47, 07 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

What you need to do if you’re behind the curve on enterprise apps

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More businesses than ever are deploying apps for their employees to use. That should mean that those businesses have a strategy for which apps to deploy and why—right?

Not so fast. Though a new study from Adobe found that the majority of departments (62%) think it’s important to “be ahead of the curve compared to competitors” with mobile apps, most departments (66%) believe they’re...

By App47, 01 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Opinion.

Picking an EMM vendor? Here’s what to consider

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In the last five or so years, the complexity of enterprise mobility systems has increased considerably. More devices and more mobile work by employees means companies must find solutions which enable management in and out of the office—and even on employee devices the company doesn’t own.

As this transition to mobile work has taken place, we’ve also seen a rise in the number of companies - such as App47 - offering their own unique solutions to enterprise mobility management....

By App47, 18 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

Are you marketing your apps to employees in the right way?

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A few months ago, we discussed an interesting idea: in your enterprise, you don’t have users—you have “internal customers.” In other words, rather than treating employees as users who must use your app, you should think of them as customers—people with different choices who should use your app because they want to.  

That idea has been kicking around a lot in our heads recently, so we thought we’d...

By App47, 03 October 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Marketing.

Employees want mobile-first work experiences – but they aren’t getting them

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Despite the proliferation of smartphones and enterprise mobility management systems, as well as the explosion of consumer app development, it seems that many employees aren’t getting the work experiences they desire.

That’s the conclusion of a recent report by Sapho and Forrester Research, which explored how business apps can accelerate digital transformation in the enterprise....

By App47, 26 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

Why you don’t just need enterprise apps – but an app store with it

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"The idea of an app store is to give more empowerment for business users. It delivers a clear message: IT lets you use the best tools to perform your work, help yourself and take control. So it is not just an app store, it is a cultural change for IT and business."

So said writer Sue Marquette Poremba in a piece for IT Business Edge on the power of enterprise app stores. Perhaps unsurprisingly, we couldn’t...

By App47, 19 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility.

New study finds app developers are rushing app releases

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If you’re a regular reader of our blog, you know just how much we stress the importance of developing apps with great user experiences and real utility in the workplace. It’s simple: good apps help increase adoption rates, keep your employees engaged, and may even help mitigate shadow IT usage.

The trouble is, of course, that apps don’t grow on trees. Developing any...

By App47, 12 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

If you're not tracking performance, don't bother with enterprise apps

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Are you tracking and testing the performance of mobile apps in your enterprise? If you aren’t, you shouldn’t even bother with apps.

Okay—so maybe that’s a little dramatic. But the main premise of the statement holds true: if you aren’t tracking the performance of your suite of mobile apps, you’ll never realise their full potential.

Time and time again, we’ve talked about

By App47, 05 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility.

The key question: Should you embrace shadow IT – or keep it at arm’s length?

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Few phrases in the enterprise are as polarising as “shadow IT.”

Shadow IT, which refers to the use by employees of apps or devices that are not sanctioned by the company, is widely debated. Some security professionals view shadow IT as an unavoidable reality; others fiercely contest it and view it as a serious security risk. The explosive growth of mobile device uses—from Apple Watches to smartphones and everything in between—has only made the issue more difficult to...

By App47, 19 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why in enterprise mobile apps, function trumps form

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You’ve heard it before: form should never trump function. But often, it does. Consumers have all too much experience with that phone that doesn’t quite work right, or those shoes that look great but wear out too soon, or, apparently, that app that promises the world but always falls just a little bit short.

Pressured by the urge to release the next big app, consumer app developers too often pump out great looking apps with short shelf lives and bad user experiences. Companies...

By App47, 09 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

Why perception matters when it comes to enterprise device security

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Perception matters. From first dates to vendor contracts, a positive perception is what gets you in the door.

In the enterprise mobility space, perceptions about security, ease of use, cost, and customer support all factor into a company’s decision to deploy one type of device over another. According to a recent survey by Tech Pro...

By App47, 29 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Betting on IoT for future success? Not without EMM

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According to a report recently released by British telecommunications provider Vodafone, 8 in 10 businesses are betting on the Internet of Things for future success. In fact, as Computer Business Review notes, half of those (4 in 10) are already fully up and running with some sort of IoT strategy.

Things only get more interesting from there; 63% of the 1,096...

By App47, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT.

Why banning public Wi-Fi for your employees won’t solve the mobile security problem

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In their latest Mobile Security Report, issued last month, iPass surveyed 500 organisations from the US, UK, Germany, and France, and found, perhaps unsurprisingly, that 92% of respondents were concerned about security issues arising from a growing mobile workforce. 37% of those polled argued the biggest security threat was free WiFi, followed by employees’ lack of attention to security...

By App47, 09 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity, Security.

Why in enterprise apps you don’t have users but ‘internal customers’

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Any company that has ever been frustrated by low adoption rates of one of their enterprise apps knows just how important it is to have employee advocates. Of course, employees won’t be advocates for apps if they don’t believe the apps are worth advocating for.

Creating advocates—employees who will champion enterprise apps and boost adoption rates—is difficult, but not impossible. One way to get started on the process is to change the script: don’t think of...

By App47, 25 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MAM.