During Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona, VMware joined forces with several enterprise mobility management (EMM) players to launch the AppConfig Community. Our joint mission was simple: to make enterprise app configuration and security less complicated for developers by expanding the use of OS-native standards. In doing so, we’re collectively accelerating mobile deployments for the enterprise.
The benefit of using the native operating system (OS) standards of Android and iOS for app configuration and security is that those standards are consistent across EMM solutions and apps, instead of proprietary to a particular EMM or app vendor.
This simplifies things for app developers, who can use one approach across EMM solutions, rather than create separate apps for each. This also reduces costs and simplifies deployment for IT organizations, who can use one approach across the apps they deploy to their end users, rather than separate approaches for each app vendor. Finally, the real winners are the end users, who can enjoy a seamless out-of-the-box experience for the apps that help them get their work done. Now that’s what we call a win-win-win.
The word is spreading. Nick McQuire, vice president of enterprise research at CCS Insight, recently commented:
“The AppConfig Community has brought together many members of the EMM industry to drive developer awareness about the power of native OS standards for app configuration and security. The momentum of the Community since its founding in 2016 is a testament to the value of this open approach for both ISVs and IT organizations.”
One year after launching, the AppConfig Community membership base has grown dramatically:
- From 60 to 90 independent software vendors (ISVs)
- From 4 to 19 EMM providers
- From 160 to more than 1,400 individual developers
- From 1 to 2 operating systems (including iOS upon launching with expansion to Android in May of 2016)
These metrics and others are detailed in the AppConfig Community Annual Report webcast, available here for your viewing pleasure.
Ready to join the community? Learn more about the AppConfig Community and download the AppConfig XML schema at appconfig.org.
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