The BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) culture is quickly conquering the workplace. 67% of workers bring their smartphones to work already, so enabling workers to use their own devices allows them to be productive, even outside of work hours. The issue for executives are the third-party apps workers bring with them to aid their tasks, progressing from a BYOD culture to one of BYOA – Bring Your Own App. Why would employers take issue with workers trying to be more productive? The answer is simple. Security. Third-party apps may help workers complete tasks, but they also involve potentially exposing sensitive company information to untrusted and, in some cases, malicious programs. How can businesses deliver secure internal apps to aid productivity, while keeping security under control?
Tip 1: Create a Corporate App Store
One CIO closed the door against BYOD because, “We have a user base that might not, in a lot of cases, make the right choices.” It’s a valid point. On personal devices, especially with apps, executives have no control over who is accessing or sending confidential company information. Mobile device management (MDM) technology can help with this, but the most streamlined and controlled approach would be creating a secure enterprise app store – either controlled by an MDM solution or simply residing on a secure private cloud. Last year, Gartner estimated that 25 percent of enterprises will have a corporate app store by 2017.
Let us look at some strategies of bringing mobile apps into an internal app store.
Tip 2: Empower the L.O.B to Develop Internal Apps
With 44% of enterprises today either having or planning to build an internal app store, the question arises, what is the most cost-effective and reliable strategy for creating a corporate app store? If your organization is following the mobile trends, chances are, you have already tried sourcing mobile apps for your employees or customers. There are various ways to do it:
- Adopt existing apps from app stores
- Custom develop using third party programming
- Develop internally using staff programmers
- Use an online mobile app development platform
The latter, compared to the other options, has an important advantage: empowering your non-IT personnel to come up with the most useful, relevant mobile apps for your organization’s business processes. After all, who can design efficient, productivity-boosting mobile scenarios better than your own employees who have to work through these scenarios on a daily basis. Giving them easy tools to prototype and build secure apps without coding can accelerate and streamline your enterprise mobile strategy.
Tip 3: Offer Secure Internal Apps From a Private Cloud
Today’s enterprises have the ability to embrace the BYOD culture, and, with a portfolio of secure internal apps, avoid the BYOA security risk that comes with it. The MobileSmith app development platform is a powerful cloud solution that can be easily placed behind your firewall and used to deliver a versatile portfolio of custom, native internal and customer-facing apps at a fraction of the cost of custom or staff developers. Secure enough for the U.S. Navy, MobileSmith can serve as a flexible app prototyping, building, and management tool for your enterprise app store, giving your creative team full control of your mobile app strategy.
Request a demo today, and learn how you can facilitate a BYOD environment and set your company on a path to mobile excellence.