Organisations must think smarter when it comes to enterprise application management

Growth in enterprise applications must be supported with a fluid, efficient and secure platform.

The use of enterprise apps within businesses continues to explode with an estimated 60 per cent employees using apps as part of their working practices. Additionally, the latest update to the Worldwide Semiannual Mobility Spending Guide from International Data Corporation (IDC), says worldwide spending on mobility solutions is predicted to reach $1.8 trillion by 2022. To support this growth an effective infrastructure must be in place but managing this process can often be challenging, as Colin Mackenzie, Head of Wed & InfoSec from mobile app and web development firm, Vidatec, discusses:

“It’s no secret that the modern workforce has evolved massively in the last few years. Technology is becoming integral to more and more roles, not just the usual office-based positions but, with the growth in the use of mobiles and tablets across businesses, anyone should expect to use a digital tool to carry out some function of their job.

Mackenzie explains: “Historically, enterprise app stores have often been large, heavyweight frameworks, consisting of cumbersome upload processes, which often require a lot of time and technical expertise to manage. Overseeing this, it is understandable why the HR department could fall into traps. As an example, an HR department might select a combination of bespoke apps (like an in-house payroll app) and mainstream apps (like Skype), for new employees to use.

“To support these apps, you need an infrastructure in place that can clay them all together, logically separate them by department and distribute those out to the workforce with a single URL. Again, managing this process can be extremely challenging for an HR department without the necessary skill-set.

“Additionally, there are also considerations relating to security. In the event that a platform becomes too challenging the easy option for the HR department might be to upload an app to a pre-existing app store within the public domain. While the app might be password protected, opportunistic criminals could easily target these highly sensitive apps (again, like a company’s payroll) to extract valuable company information. 

“For organisations keen to support a new wave of digital natives, they must be prepared to look at the infrastructure that currently oversees app management and distribution. New employees will want increasingly remote and flexible working functionality and enterprise apps will be integral to supporting this. If you are pushing HR to oversee this, you must consider smarter ways of managing this process. This includes equipping them with the means to deliver this in a fluid, efficient and secure manner,” Mackenzie concludes.

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