Study: Mobility Initiatives Driving Growth of Enterprise Apps

February 27, 2013

The growth of bring-your-own-device (BYOD) and other mobility movements is showing no signs of slowing down. While the benefits of BYOD have been overwhelmingly positive, these initiatives have caused some headaches for IT departments, which are now responsible for managing entirely new risks.

"Apps downloaded from public app stores for mobile devices disrupt IT security, application and procurement strategies," Ian Finley, research vice president at Gartner, recently said in a statement. "When successful, they can increase the value delivered by the application portfolio and reduce the associated risks, license fees and administration expenses."

A recent blog post for GCN highlighted several security strategies that IT departments can adopt to safeguard their networks for mobility, including:

– Create a centralized logging handler that every employee needs to log onto the system. This will make it far easier to identify to root of cyberattacks and data breaches.

– Develop BYOD security policies, and have employees sign off on them. Regulations will only be effective if workers understand them thoroughly.

– Don't count on vendors and device providers to solve every security problem.

If a recent Gartner study is any indication, that lack of trust in suppliers has spurred companies to develop their own mobile solutions. According to the report, a quarter of enterprises will have developed their own app stores by 2017.

"Bring your own application has become as important as bring your own device in the development of a comprehensive mobile strategy," Finley said.

The study revealed that the rapid adoption rates of mobile solutions – such as mobile device management and mobile application management – has driven much of this sector's growth, and that is expected to continue for at least a few more years. In addition, many organizations will likely leverage application development services as a means of customizing solutions to fit their business needs.