BYOA is emerging as the latest enterprise mobility trend and enterprises are facing the need to regulate the use of employee owned applications. Enterprises need to define the scope of allowed applications and their access permissions .The applications need to be regularly updated with the latest version. A Mobile Application Management (MAM) strategy should be framed to address all these needs. One such tool/framework for MAM is the enterprise application store (EAP).
EAP is a centralized host for applications allowed in an enterprise. The applications can be both custom-developed and employee owned. The choice of applications shall be predominantly made by the enterprise. Employees can also submit applications which can be reviewed and added into the app store. The application portfolio can be spread across multiple platforms/devices. Gartner predicts that by 2017 nearly 25% of organizations will have an enterprise app store.
EAP has numerous advantages. It brings about a higher control over application usage which reduces the fear of security/incompatibility. The application portfolio can be optimized to contain applications of business value alone which eliminates unwarranted software expenditure .The centralized control can reduce the cost/effort in application management. Employees can download applications securely and enjoy a customer style app store experience.
Many organizations fail to have procedures to co-ordinate app-store service. This may lead to over-usage of certain applications beyond the licensed limit and results in payment of penalties during vendor audits. The lack of easy navigation/user interface in the app-store may make it tedious for employees to discover and download applications. Addressing these concerns can make an Enterprise application store more beneficial for both the employee and enterprise.