August 07, 2012 // By: Heather McIlvaine // 71% Want a Corporate App Store
The rise of the corporate app store is a logical extension of the BYOD policies that have become more and more common in the workplace. Employees want to work with the most powerful, consumer-grade devices, and they want to use their operating system of choice. But this presents a number of challenges for IT. How do you push out apps that are OS- and device-specific to the right users in a timely fashion? And what about updates? How do you ensure that only authorized employees have access to certain apps?
A private app store lets IT manage all this from one central location. They can even take advantage of built-in analytics tools to see track use. And they can remotely delete apps from devices if necessary – when an employee leaves the company for example, or if a user fails to install an update.
The corporate app store also has its advantages from an employee perspective. According to a survey by IT solution provider 1E, two thirds of employees in the U.S. wait up to a week or more to get the software they request through the IT help desk. And 73 percent have to chase the help desk to get the apps they need. With an app store, users can simply download the latest version of an app directly to their device.