Enterprises increasing deployment of custom apps, yet secure browser remains key

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Enterprises increasing deployment of custom apps, yet secure browser remains key

The average organisation uses more than three apps in addition to email, according to Good Technology’s latest Mobility Index report.

More than two thirds (67%) of Good customers surveyed said they deployed two or more apps, with one in five (21%) saying they use five or more apps. 5% of organisations polled said they use 10 or more apps.

Secure browser remained the most popular app, emphasising the importance of connection to the corporate intranet. The browser comprised half of all apps in the high tech industry, while making up almost a third (32%) in the insurance and manufacturing verticals. “No matter the industry, access to corporate information behind the firewall is a common need for all mobile workers,” the report notes. The use of custom apps increased, pushing secure IM into third place overall, while document editing and document access apps rounded off the top five.

29% of financial services apps were custom apps in the latest report, representing an increase from 18% in the previous quarter. However, the biggest growth for custom applications was in the energy and utilities sector, going from a negligible number last quarter to 49% of all apps. “The spread of custom apps demonstrates how using mobility for business transformation is moving beyond the early adopters and gaining widespread traction,” according to the report.

iOS remains the enterprise OS market leader despite undergoing a slight drop in the most recent quarter. From 70% in Q1, iOS dropped to 64%, its lowest showing to date. Android was the primary beneficiary of this, moving from 26% to 32%, while Windows (3%) and Windows Phone (1%) remained on the edge.

“As the mobile device displaces the desktop as the primary computing platform, enterprise mobility is enabling employees with the secure apps and content they need,” said Christy Wyatt, Good Technology CEO and chairman in a statement. “We continue to see security at the heart of every enterprise conversation, coupled with end user privacy concerns. Now more than ever, organisations require a platform that enables them to deploy secure-based apps while protecting end user privacy with containerisation.”

Speaking to Enterprise AppsTech in May, Good EMEA managing director Phil Barnett argued there was a lot more imagination coming from enterprises on which apps improve productivity – a trend that has been exacerbated further with the latest report. “While email is the heartland, it’s not the thing that’s really going to set the leaders of our customers excited about driving productivity,” he explained.

You can find the full report here.

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