"Supporting the plethora of apps and platforms will stretch already taxed budgets", said a recent report from Forrester Research, titled Mobile App Internet Recasts The Software and Services Landscape. "Given the rate of innovation at both the application and device/operating system level, each platform IT chooses to support will likely require three to four releases per year. This rate of speed will tax a whole range of IT processes from project management to release management and testing."
Employees have made mobile devices and apps an integral part of their personal lives, and they're now insisting on using these tools for their work lives as well. Forward-thinking companies are embracing, not fighting, this trend, and are enabling their employees to be more productive, more connected, and more collaborative. How are they doing this?
First, they're proactively defining specific 'Bring Your Own Device' policies and objectives.
Second, they're deploying centralised mobile security and management platforms to ensure policy enforcement and control mobile access at both the application and device levels.
Third, they're investing in tools and technology to help them deliver enterprise apps more consistently, securely, and easily across multiple platforms. By taking these three steps, forward-looking companies are positioning themselves to reap the huge productivity and competitive advantages that mobile apps can deliver, while minimising security and compliance risks, management complexity, and ongoing development and support costs.
Mobile apps are already in the enterprise; is your company ready?
Jim Watson is vice president and corporate general manager for Asia Pacific at Good Technology
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