Bring Your Apps to the Enterprise
As the BYOD movement continues to gather steam, it brings not only a wave of sophisticated processing to the enterprise, but with it, an increasing collection of “must have” apps from the consumer and self-built space. These apps provide opportunities, but they also come with caveats. The “Bring Your Own Apps” (BYOA) movement becomes particularly important as it begins to include Cloud-based processing sites based on HTML5 that can easily incorporate company data. BYOA also includes user developed apps that can now be created much like enterprise mashups, creating an important subcategory of “Build Your Own Apps”.
The advent of the Boundary-free Enterprise™ makes it increasingly important to understand what is entering the IT environment, what vulnerabilities are exposed, and how it can be integrated into the business. BYOD, BYOA, and consumerization of IT are impacting the data center at a time of great change and reduced budgets. Control of mobile devices and their applications, usage and content is an area of growing concern. Saugatuck has been reviewing the developing issues in this area as they have emerged. Applications, whether they are built as “native” code on smartphones or provided through some form of Cloud access, have a disruptive effect based around popularity, ubiquity, and ease of use.
Common problems with enterprise BYOA infiltration include the following::
- Complacency, which creates security breaches, because apps are used without thinking.
- Lack of security features
- Apps selected may be a poor choice for corporate needs
Understanding the impact of this new environment is essential to maintaining security and ensuring optimal usage of corporate resources. As the Boundary-free Enterprise™ continues to develop, BYOA will become an increasingly important part of this environment. It is critical for vendors who need to provide management tools and take advantage of emerging trends, and for CIOs who need to ensure that enterprise information technology meets objectives, provides cost efficient value, meets risk expectations and remains secure.
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