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November 04, 2010

Apperian Introduces Enterprise App Service Environment

Apperian, Inc., introduced the Enterprise App Service Environment, the industry's first comprehensive platform that helps enterprise developers to build, secure and manage applications for the iPhone (News - Alert), iPad and other mobile devices.

The enterprise developers, through EASE are allowed to build secure mobile applications that improve company productivity, while maintaining control for IT departments. It is the first platform of its kind to help companies avoid "do it yourself" enterprise deployment solutions that require significant development and ongoing support resources.

Without having to worry about infrastructure issues, the companies, with EASE, can focus on the development of business-focused applications. EASE also saves overloaded IT departments from costly support and manual updating of devices.

The Apple iPad running iOS 4.2 or later with "over-the-air" app delivery is fully supported by EASE. The company plans to offer an Android (News - Alert)-based version of EASE in the first quarter of 2011.

"EASE provides a serious solution to the mobile application management issues that are beginning to be recognized in organizations," said David Patrick, Apperian (News - Alert) CEO, in a press release. "EASE is the right solution at the right time for companies that want to take the lead in developing and deploying enterprise-wide, mobile business applications that will result in productivity gains. As the number of 'bring your own' and corporate-issued smartphones increases, EASE is the first solution of its kind to provide a SaaS (News - Alert)-based approach that can be up and running in minutes."

Significant benefits to IT departments, in-house developers and end-users are delivered by EASE. Some of them include: 

Empowering enterprise IT staff to manage in-house app management and distribution;

Simplifying the creation of secure applications by providing a framework that extends the Apple (News - Alert) SDK to include support for authorization, authentication, version checking, push notification and access to corporate back-end data; and

Providing a branded, customized application catalog with a familiar user interface from which company employees can easily download and update the applications they need

"Businesses that want to introduce mobile devices and productivity applications without losing administrative control are facing a growing mobile application management challenge," said Philippe Winthrop, managing director of the Enterprise Mobility Foundation, in a press release. "If businesses want to reap the rewards from mobile devices without paying a high price, they require a platform that will allow them to create native mobile apps that are secure, and can be easily deployed, managed, and updated."

In related news, Apperian, Inc., appointed David Patrick as the new CEO.

Deepika Mala is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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