Jun 03, 2013
Don’t Sweat Distributing Enterprise Apps to your Employees
OK, so you’ve spent some of your department budget building enterprise apps to enable employees to be more productive when they’re away from their desks . . . but how do you get that app on their mobile devices? Our advice: Don’t sweat it. It’s really not as complicated as you think. The easiest way to distribute your in-house apps is through an enterprise app store -- just like the Apple App Store, or Google Play, the app store formerly known as the Android Market. It’s a solution both your IT department and employees will agree on. An enterprise app store gives IT more control over security. With a dedicated store for your enterprise apps, you can be sure your corporate data is protected on every mobile device -- regardless of device or operating system. IT can upload your company’s internal enterprise apps as well as select vetted, external apps to your enterprise app store. Then each employee can access the enterprise app store to get relevant mobile apps and automatically receive updates. Your employees can browse the store, find the right work app to get their job done and download it to their personal device. Your mobile worker doesn't have to spend time searching public app stores and you don’t have to worry that they're accidentally downloading malware onto your corporate network. But an enterprise app store is just the first step to distributing enterprise apps to your employees. To protect corporate data on mobile devices, you also have to be sure you’re securing and managing those enterprise mobile apps in your enterprise app store -- that’s where mobile application management (MAM) comes in. A mobile application management solution lets IT automatically determine which workers can access which apps based on their roles in the company. With MAM, IT can secure and control corporate data by managing the apps that can access that data, leaving control of their devices to the employees. Additionally, MAM enables IT to encrypt data as well as set and enforce policies for mobile apps without interfering with the personal data employees have stored on their smartphones, tablets or phablets. And when an employee leaves the company, IT can remove just the company apps. Enterprise app stores along with mobile application management lets IT protect sensitive corporate data from malware intrusions while allowing employees to be more productive. It’s a win-win. Not only do you give employees the enterprise apps they want, you give IT what it needs to keep your company data safe.