ACE up your sleeve: Easy enterprise app development with App Configuration for Enterprise

mobile apps2016 is a holiday season away, and we’re sure IT is in the middle of prepping for the new year. If your organization is planning an enterprise app rollout in the next quarter or two, ask yourself: Are you confident the app is free of scaling bugs, reliability lapses, and security holes?

Sadly, enterprise apps have a bad track record – 65 percent of enterprise apps get deleted or are under-utilized. And poor enterprise app development certainly isn’t a new phenomenon.

If you are planning an enterprise app rollout soon, don’t worry – help is out there. Let us tell you about ACE, and the three reasons why it’s one of the best new ways to successfully deploy a working, productive app.

The best card in a developer’s hand: ACE

App development through traditional enterprise mobility management (EMM) tools, such as SDKs and app wrapping, aimed to solve stability and security issues that plagued enterprise apps. But neither work especially well, creating scalability issues for application developers and reliability issues for users, which we’ve seen lead to either slow adoption or abandonment of these applications.

Enter ACE: In the first quarter of 2015, AirWatch by VMware, Box, Cisco, Workday, and Xamarin announced App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE), an open standard approach for managing and securing applications deployed through EMMs. Now, ACE has more than 40 member organizations and counting.

This standard utilizes the latest application program interfaces (APIs) from Android and Apple iOS, and requires little effort from developers to make applications enterprise-friendly while minimizing problems from app wrapping and SDKs. ACE creates a seamless process for administrators and end users by utilizing a single, common application.

Apps developed in ACE feature prepopulated server settings (so IT won’t get calls about how to connect), fast and easy access through automatic logins, seamless connection to back-end networks, and enhanced security through managed apps so sensitive data won’t be leaked outside of the company.

Three reasons to get started with ACE

Enterprise organizations set to roll out a mobile app have three good reasons to start using ACE.

1. ACE has staying power. Here are three quick facts about ACE – it’s free, it’s completely agnostic, and the number of organizations participating is growing. We think ACE will grow in popularity in the next few years until it’s a household name in the enterprise app space.

2. It’s an all-in-the-box solution. In the right hands, ACE unleashes your mobile workforce. ACE will make development and deployment easier for organizations, especially if an enterprise app still hasn’t achieved full adoption yet. Working within ACE ensures all of your employees are working on the same version of an app, and security controls are in place without mucking up the user experience. As a result, your mobile workforce will work more efficiently.

3. The value of ACE has room to expand. Organizations using multiple enterprise apps will need help sorting through what works and what has failed. By working with mobility experts, you can determine which solutions make sense, and get a better grasp of what your workforce will use. A team of mobility experts can help determine if ACE is the right approach, then guide you through deploying an enterprise app.

The power of ACE: Bridging productivity with device management

Does ACE signal the end of MDM in the near future? Not exactly. There will always be a need for device control, whether for tablets or smartphones, but as employees become more mobile and apps more capable of connecting desktop-level features, app standardization and simplification will become key to providing a consistent and productive experience.

Have a question? Leave us a comment below, or talk to your SHI account executive today to learn about ACE.

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