Box, Cisco, AirWatch, Workday, Xamarin launch enterprise app standards group

The rough idea, outlined at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, revolves around replacing software development kits tied to individual enterprise mobility management vendors with a common standard.

Box, Cisco, VMware's AirWatch, Workday and Xamarin have formed a enterprise application group that aims to build a standard to deploy mobile apps.

The rough idea, outlined at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, revolves around replacing software development kits tied to individual enterprise mobility management vendors with a common standard.

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A group dubbed ACE (App Configuration for Enterprise) will propose the standards and attempt to allow enterprise mobility vendors to automate login processors and automatically set up email and account configuration.

ACE's standards include:

  • Automating first time setup;
  • Secure app connectivity via corporate networks;
  • Single sign-on;
  • Access to native apps only on secure devices with access controls;
  • Security policies;
  • And remote data wiping.

The argument from ACE is that by using a standard framework and tapping application programming interfaces from Android and Apple's iOS that mobility management tools will be easier to integrate. Developers will be able to cut time and costs when they develop enterprise apps. End users will have a more seamless experience.

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