Why Your Business Should Build an Enterprise Mobile App Store

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Guess What? Your Tech Savvy Customer Is No Longer Predominantly a PC User

With BYOD now a given, there are many advantages of producing you own apps

(Something to remember, your customer can be the public as well as your own employees.)

In spring 2013, Apple reported 50 billion apps have been downloaded from its App Store.

Even more interesting, is that 800 apps are downloaded every second, and 2 million are added each month.

Besides being a useful piece of techie trivia, what does this popularity mean to today’s business leaders?

First, it means your customers are likely heavy users of mobile phones and tablets.

Second, it means that your employees are likely to be just as familiar with apps.

Abundance of Apps on BOYDS Has Pros and Cons

These days, smart employees are doing more than playing games or accessing social networks on their mobile devices.

They’re downloading the programs they think they need, and syncing them with their work computers.

Unfortunately, this information wonderland known as BYOD, or ‘bring your own device,’ can create security nightmares.

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Employees can easily infect their workstations with foreign programs.

Different people accessing different mobile sources for software can also cause program inconsistencies, and possibly product licensing violations.

One solution is to build an in-house app store, where all necessary and authorized software can be securely downloaded from the same location.

Using Apps to Give The Employer an Advantage

If your office is considering moving in the BYOD direction, here are 5 suggestions to put on the ‘pro’ side of your pros and cons list…

Security

If employees are downloading apps and programs from anywhere on the Internet, this opens your company up to malware or viruses.

With an enterprise app store, your IT department can easily pre-screen available applications, and only approve the ones with the safest reputations for a functional and safe company library.

Cost

If you’re purchasing company-wide apps, you can potentially save money by buying your required product licenses in bulk.

Or, you can possibly save money by not buying all the necessary components for a particular software package.

Procedure

Part of the reason some employees are downloading their own apps is they don’t know the risks.

If you create your own enterprise store and properly train employees and supervisors, it can save IT people time from installing software on everyone’s devices.

You’re simply giving them a little more guidance and firm parameters for an action they’re already familiar with.

Compatibility

Your IT teams may be tuned into the latest versions of software and newest versions of operating systems, but not every employee is the same.

An employee may look for a certain title without looking at release date or version history.

At best, it creates a fragmented system, and at worse, there may be programs that don’t work or interfere with others.

An enterprise app program can ensure the proper version is downloaded through proper channels.

For instance, there are programs that can make it easier to run Apple iOS apps and access the App Store, and BlackBerry has mobile mgt solutions, as well.

Documentation

You can easily keep track of who has downloaded what files, and advise employees of updates.

When questions come up about software, it’s easy for the IT team to know what version they’re talking about, the user’s profile and any other programs they may be running.

The Last Word

Obviously, once the ideas start flowing, there could be an endless list of apps that would help you, your employees, and your customers (who are your employees as well, remember?).
Could the benefits of licensing an e-Mail, SMS, and other communication platforms owned by your company create an easier means of managing propriety?
Share with us in the comment below some of your ideas for company owned apps, you may end up planting a seed of thought that would help resolve some problems you or someone else is having!

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