Rapid Fire Software Updates Means More Frequent Mobile OS Migrations.
Mobile OS vendors release updates far more frequently than desktop and laptop OS vendors. What’s more, unlike with Microsoft Windows, you can’t control updates to mobile OSs, the mobile device vendor does. The vendor notifies users of an update and your employees can download it at their convenience. It’s interesting to note that about 80 percent of users of Apple mobile devices upgrade to a new OS within the first few months of its availability.
Unfortunately, a new OS sometimes breaks certain apps, and users do not always discover the problem until they try to use the app. That discovery not only delivers a blow to user productivity but also increases the load on the IT service desk as users frantically seek assistance. Consequently, it’s important that IT be able to quickly assess the application compatibility with new OS releases, notify users of any incompatibilities it discovers, and, where possible, work with the app developers to fix the incompatibilities before the operating system update is released.
Determine Mobile Application Compatibility with Supported Devices and OS
To ensure that apps work reliably when deployed, you must determine the apps’ compatibility with the mobile devices and operating systems employed across the enterprise user base. These typically include Apple iPhones and iPads running iOS, and Android phones running the Android OS. Mobile application management compatibility testing is especially important with mobile apps because of the frequent release of OS updates by mobile device vendors.
To permit IT to deal effectively with OS releases, the solution must automate mobile application testing for compatibility with new OS releases and report the test results. Ideally, the solution should also automatically fix the incompatibilities where possible.
The 3 Major Sources of Mobile Apps
Application Readiness is a big job. So adding mobile apps to the enterprise portfolio must not add to the difficulty of that job. An effective Application Readiness solution permits easy importing of apps from any of the three major sources of mobile apps:
- Internally developed
- The Apple App Store
- Google Play
Provide Fast, Reliable and Controlled App Deployment
To ensure rapid, controlled and reliable deployment of mobile apps, your solution must be capable of handing off authorized and approved apps to popular enterprise software deployment systems for automatic deployment to target mobile devices. These include AirWatch® Mobile Device Management, Microsoft® SCCM with Windows Intune®, and MobileIron®.
Learn more in the white paper: Mitigating Mobile App Risk to Ensure Safe, Reliable Deployments