February 15, 2012, 3:08 PM —
The steady influx and slow acceptance of mobile devices and apps in the workplace has liberated users once locked into Blackberrys and Windows laptops. But with this new freedom comes a burden on IT to manage and secure devices and apps.
To help ease the load on IT departments and provide them with more control, private app stores are making their way into the enterprise. An IT group can either build or outsource the development of native apps and place them in a private app store where they can be managed by the IT group.
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CDW, an electronics reseller and tech consultant services company, is in the early days of deploying a private app store using Cisco's new AppHQ feature and Cius tablets to clamp down on mobile app sprawl within the organization.
AppHQ running on a Cisco Cius tablet.
Previously, to dole out access to applications, CDW had been using a Web server through which users could access a folder after they were granted permissions to download apps-a cumbersome process, says Ken Snyder, a technology solutions manager at CDW.
"With AppHQ, an IT manager can create a custom app, secure it and click an upload box, and it's up and live," says Snyder. "We can then give access to whichever users need the app."