In the first of this two-part series, we examined why you may need an enterprise app store. In part two, we dive into how to develop an app store.
While enterprise app stores may be a smart option for organizations seeking to get a handle on app management, simply building one doesn't guarantee success with your users. In fact, developing a clunky app store may actually have a more detrimental effect than not building one at all.
"Neglected or slow-moving enterprise app stores aggravate all employees, especially in the app inclusion process," said Dan Croft, CEO of Mission Critical Wireless. "If an employee requests an app for inclusion in the enterprise app store, it's important to ensure a speedy approval or block process. If the process is too slow, employees may get frustrated and find a way to circumvent IT and access the app, which can compromise security."
Writing apps is expensive and complex. Cross-platform tools can help, but they're far from perfect. Also in the new, all-digital Develop Once, Run Everywhere? issue of InformationWeek: Why the cloud will become a more accepted development environment. (Free with registration.)