Managing the Changing IT Landscape: App Stores in the Enterprise
I’ve talked a bit about consumerization strategy in a recent blog post, and by default, a huge part of success involves change. As consumer trends continue to drive their way into the business world, change abounds. The latest? App stores in the enterprise.
Enter BYOA—or Bring Your Own App
Users are now upping the ante on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) by downloading apps that may or may not be IT-approved. It’s known as Bring Your Own App (BYOA), and it’s here to stay. It’s also risky. According to some TechTarget data I saw yesterday, IT orgs are much less likely to trust business data and services built for consumer applications than they are to support BYOD hardware.
According to a recent Forbes article, “With nearly two million apps in the Apple and Google* app stores alone, it’s nearly impossible for businesses to ensure the security and appropriateness of every app that an employee might download on a corporate or employee-owned device". The good news? App stores are a huge opportunity for IT to gain greater control—whether it’s through software installations, role-based app delivery, licensing, or regulatory compliance.
I think we’re going to see more and more app stores cropping up as this gains traction. In fact, I recently learned about the Microsoft* Application Acceleration program, which builds on the rapidly increasing number of business- and industry-specific applications available on the Windows* 8 operating system.
Does your organization have an app store, or are you considering one? Do you think it will give IT greater control?