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Regain Control of Mobile Software Licensing With an Enterprise App Store

Published: 21 February 2013

ID: G00246383

Analyst(s): Stewart Buchanan

Summary

Software asset managers can no longer afford to ignore mobile devices, which are starting to outnumber desktop PCs and servers in many enterprises. Deploy an enterprise app store to regain control over mobile software licensing.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • App stores on mobile devices have bypassed enterprise process controls, allowing licensing costs and risks to go unmanaged by corporate officers
  • Increasing business use of personal mobile devices creates a problem when users cannot buy enterprise licenses from consumer app stores
  • Business users used to buying software in three clicks need to be able to buy licenses just as quickly, to access server and desktop business software from mobile devices

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