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Appconfig Reaffirms the Correct Method for Mobile App Management but Leaves Some Use Cases Unserved

Published: 03 May 2016

ID: G00302957

Analyst(s): Manjunath Bhat , Chris Silva


The most effective way for mobile strategists to manage third-party apps is by using native OS APIs. provides tools for ISVs to easily ready their apps for consistent management using these methods, but the approach will not meet all use cases commonly seen by Gartner.

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  • Impacts


Impacts and Recommendations

  • AppConfig will broaden the use of iOS and Android native MDM controls by ISVs, the ideal vehicle for mobile strategists to manage public apps with EMM suites
    • Recommendations
  • The emergence of AppConfig underscores the importance for mobile strategists to use OS-native controls for public apps, as wrapping these apps is no longer a feasible approach on certain platforms
    • Recommendation
  • AppConfig's approach of using native management APIs will not solve the problem of app management for mobile strategists looking to manage apps on devices that cannot be enrolled in EMM suites
    • Recommendations

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