Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: June 15-19
► Apple working with MobileIron to ship enterprise apps
Apple continues to contribute to its ever-growing suite of enterprise capabilities. In addition to their partnership last year with IBM, they’ve now teamed up with MobileIron to tackle enterprise app distribution. While Apple’s push into the enterprise has been puzzling to some, it makes sense given that the majority of BYOD devices are iOS.
► VMware Tool Eases Enterprise App Login for Users
VMware, who you might remember purchased AirWatch last year, continues to be a leader in the EMM space (according to the Gartner EMM Magic Quadrant). In addition to their AirWatch management suite, they’re now introducing a streamlined SSO offering in the form of IDaaS, or Identity as a Service.
► Dropbox for Business to get mobile management boost
Dropbox is working with MobileIron and AirWatch to provide secure storage solutions to employees. What’s interesting here is that Dropbox grew in popularity as a consumer app, and as people adopted the product in their work lives it became apparent that Dropbox would need to support enterprises securely, instead of IT attempting to find a different storage solution.
► Demand for enterprise mobile apps to grow 5x faster than the available development capacity
It should come as no surprise that the demand for enterprise mobile apps is growing at a rapid pace. What’s happening now though is that there isn’t enough development resources to churn out all of the mobile apps that companies demand. Of the possible solutions, using a Rapid Mobile App Development tool (RMAD) is an obvious choice.
► Deciding whether to build or buy enterprise mobile apps isn't easy
Knowing that the demand for mobile enterprise apps are there, what is the best approach to take in building them? As mentioned, going the RMAD route is a viable solution. You may also considered outsourcing development to a third party. There are pros and cons to each investment.