Last month, Forrester research published a report titled ‘Demystifying the Mobile Workforce’. The report found that 66 per cent of information workers in North America and Europe already work remotely at some point during a month.
This stat combined with employees increasingly wanting to use their own devices in the workplace – or the ‘consumerisation of I.T’. – is enough to cause a headache for any CIO or I.T. department.
Over the past two years though there has been an increase in the number of enterprise specific mobile app store providers such as Apperian, which interestingly, is a company Apple spun off in 2009, and AppCentral. Both these companies allow organisations to host white-label app stores for distribution to iOS devices, and in the case of AppCentral add support for Android.
For businesses, these services allow companies to control the management of apps that employees can access and include the ability to pull apps from devices remotely should they go missing or employees leave.
Services such as these help companies to manage applications from the cloud, giving employees access to the information that they need in a secure environment.