Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-up: Nov 16-20

CIO: How to create enterprise apps employees will actually use

In this week’s Enterprise Mobility Wrap-up: When developing mobile apps, you must ensure your apps are engaging, simple, and fulfill the right use cases for your employees. The iOS App Store continues to be problematic for small software shops. BYOD is great but watch out for hidden costs; and the Windows Phone outlook doesn’t look all that great.

How to create enterprise apps employees will actually use
Demand for mobile apps in the enterprise will rise steadily over the next couple of years, but how do you ensure your investment in mobile app development will pay off? You must ensure your apps are engaging, simple, and fulfill the right use cases for your employees.

The iPad Pro has an App Store problem
With the launch of the iPad Pro, now users are looking to the iOS app store for the best apps to keep them happy and productive. For the most part, however, smaller software companies are reluctant to make an investment in creating apps for the App Store anymore, mostly to do with how the App Store is set up: there is no concept of free trials (like for desktop software), and there are a lot of restrictions around refunds and reviews.

The Hidden Costs of BYOD
Undoubtedly using a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy makes for happy employees, and it may seem as though letting people use their own devices would save a company money as opposed to providing managed devices to people, but what are some costs that arise that one wouldn’t have necessarily considered? In addition to some hidden costs, security concerns are also at play.

Update: Windows smartphone shipments nose-dive after strategic retreat
Despite Microsoft’s best efforts, things aren’t shaping up all that well for their mobile offering. With markets that normally embraced Windows Phone now giving it up for Android, and device manufacturers not quite convinced they should support the OS, Microsoft will need to either shift gears or work a lot harder to stay competitive with iOS and Android.

Jenny Blumberg, Mobile Solutions Manager

In Jenny's years at Sitrion she has supported many products including Glassboard, widgets, various RSS readers, and the Sitrion Social mobile apps. When she’s not conquering enterprise mobile challenges, she’s snowboarding, cooking, or camping in beautiful Colorado.

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