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Preventing Orphan Apps to Minimize Cost and Complexity in a B2E Mobile App Portfolio

Published: 21 March 2014

ID: G00262251

Analyst(s): Jason Wong


Effective mobile app portfolio management is critical to minimizing cost and complexity. IT and business mobile strategists must prevent the costly impact of first-generation native apps running on BlackBerry, Windows Mobile, Android and iOS devices that turn into obsolete, orphan mobile apps.

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  • Key Challenges



  • Retire Mobile Device Platforms That Are Costly to Maintain or Reaching End of Life in Terms of Innovation or Support, and Develop Apps for More Widely Available Devices
  • Stop Development on Any Nonessential B2E Apps That Run Only on One Device Platform, and Devise a Migration Strategy to Support Cross-Platform Development
  • Establish a Mobility Center of Excellence to Learn From First-Generation App Deployments, and Standardize a Next-Generation Mobile App Strategy

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