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  • As mobility has moved into the center of the enterprise, business and IT leaders have been forced to shift their focus to an app-centric environment. This means creating new apps, updating existing apps and managing all the apps, which includes building in robust security protections. A new report from Apperian, "2015 Enterprise Mobile App Trend Report," examined nearly two million app deployments across hundreds of thousands of enterprise users. It found that mobile apps are rapidly expanding beyond external customers and encompassing partners, dealers, contract workers and others. Organizations are using these apps to streamline core business processes and drive productivity. "While there are examples of successful apps deployed across entire enterprises, [there are] some remarkably innovative apps that are fundamentally changing how business is done—even when only one or two apps are deployed to smaller organizations or single teams," said Mark Lorion, CMO at Apperian. Among the key findings: Companies are developing portfolios and mobile apps to serve their workforce, and these apps tend to revolve around function rather than industry-related or companywide initiatives. Not surprisingly, technology organizations lead the way in deploying mobile apps.

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  • Over the last couple of decades, the number of applications used by a typical enterprise has risen dramatically. As organizations have become more reliant on these software tools, concerns over performance have grown. A newly released study conducted by cloud services and application infrastructure provider Riverbed examined the current state of applications and performance. The "Global Application Performance Survey 2015," which queried approximately 900 global business executives, delivers key insights into this evolving space. It found that while business and IT executives agree that app performance is at the heart of a successful enterprise, enormous gaps often exist between the needs of a business and what IT is able to deliver. What's more, this disconnect frequently leads to a variety of problems—which are often serious—for organizations. They include diminished morale among employees, a negative impact on brand image and lost revenue. Here are some of the key takeaways from the survey.

  • As the demand for more IT-enabled capabilities increases and the expectation that IT will become more of a strategic partner to the business grows along with it, organizations will face more critical decisions than ever when it comes to accounting for application development and maintenance (ADM) in their budgets. With that in mind, software analysis vendor Cast Software asked Saad Ayub, a former CIO for companies such as Scholastic, the Hartford and Aetna, to craft an approach to ADM budgeting that would help companies craft budgets geared toward ensuring their applications are delivering the desired business outcomes. As Ayub made clear in the summary of the resulting nine-step process he created, budgeting for the care and feeding of applications is a delicate balancing act. "The easy part is around defining what new capabilities need to be built," Ayub wrote. "The hard part is getting an agreement on appropriate investments for improving the application landscape, which will ensure that the company is positioned for long-term growth." Ayub hopes that his methodology can help organizations achieve the right mix of collaboration and metrics needed to make the most of an application portfolio.