Enterprise 'app store' unveiled... cool idea

Enterprise 'app store' unveiled... cool idea

Summary: 'I believe every enterprise will ultimately adopt the App Store as the primary model for delivering information in the future.'


Over the months, we've had occasional posts about making well-tested, well-governed services available to the enterprise through an 'app store,' just as Apple has a well-regulated site for its iPhone and iPad third-party apps.

'I believe every enterprise will ultimately adopt the App Store as the primary model for delivering information in the future.'

Steve Jobs' business model presents an interesting and organized way to acquire services and content. That is, the idea that applications (or services or whatever) are sitting out there in a common catalog, ready for use anytime you need it and send a few dollars/euros/pounds/rupees their way. Dion Hinchcliffe, an industry visionary and fellow contributor here at ZDNet, has been exploring the idea of the app store model for some time, and how its shaping our perceptions of how a software delivery system should function.

In fact, SOA infrastructures have even been compared to Apple's iTunes service, in which users pick and choose from an organized directory, knowing that everything in the service is compatible, ready to plug into a framework, and nothing will break in the process.

The app store supports an ecosystem of developers and creators, but acts as a governance mechanism to make sure the crappy and malicious stuff doesn't degrade and contaminate the ecosystem. Apple and Amazon maintain app stores that provide a consistent and reliable source for services and software.

The idea of an external 'app store' or service marketplace has been experimented with over the years, but has had mixed results. Perhaps such an internal capability will help smooth the way for the buying, selling and trading of services.

The federal government runs an app store to supply services and software to its agencies. Apps.gov, administered by the General Services Administration (GSA), categorizes available services by function (CRM, Data Management, Communications, etc.) to make it easier for federal government agencies to identify and compare products. Once purchasing decisions are made, agencies have a direct link to GSA’s online shopping and ordering system, GSA Advantage or eBuy, to make their purchase. Apps.gov also offers free social media and web 2.0 tools, such as wikis and blogs, to federal agencies. However, adoption of Apps.gov services reportedly has been slow.

That's why it's interesting to see JackBe's announcement today in this space. JackBe, an enterprise mashup software vendor, says that the latest version of its enterprise mashup platform, Presto, provides a way to create internal Enterprise App Stores. The JackBe release quotes Mirko Minnich, CTO and SVP of Elsevier Health Sciences, who said: “I believe every enterprise will ultimately adopt the App Store as the primary model for delivering information in the future.”

Something to ponder indeed.

Topics: Apps, Amazon, Apple, iPad, Enterprise 2.0

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  • Enterprise App Store? Sounds like a Linux GnuPG keyring 'Repository'.

    Go Figure!
    Dietrich T. Schmitz, ~ Your Linux Advocate
  • Sounds Good

    I wrote an article on my blog sometimes ago, finally someone is implementing it :)
  • Nice

    Good that someone has done it, i wrote an article on Enterprise App Store sometimes back in my blog http://bit.ly/c9SpKx

    • RE: Enterprise 'app store' unveiled... cool idea

      Sorry i need to post this again as i got a message that my post was marked as spam.
  • RE: Enterprise 'app store' unveiled... cool idea

    even best buy has jumped on this bandwagon w/ the recent release of its Best Buy Software Installer. definitely seems to be catching on
  • Rollbase and LongJump have offered this for a while...

    Platform as a Service offerings from Rollbase (www.rollbase.com) and LongJump (www.longjump.com) both provide app stores as a basic part of their offering. Customers can have public or private directories of apps which tenants can install into their on-demand accounts.
  • RE: Enterprise 'app store' unveiled... cool idea

    BabbleWare released its Enterprise App store in January...did not advertise at all. You can custom build any app you need, connected "live" to your existing enterprise system (ERP, WMS, FS, DSD, MES, HIS, RMS,etc.), and enhance the process, data and technology to fit your business.

    Toyota is using it as are other companies. Browser/Network based, on-premise or in the cloud, SaaS or perpetuity. This is a true Enterprise Class solution that encourages innovation in operational efficiency, accuracy and visibility.
  • Um, I don't think so

    It is not possible to build complex, integrated systems that run large enterprises reliably by bolting together small independent components that know nothing about each other. It isn't now and it never will be.

    So maybe best to stay away from the SOA (Snake Oil Architecture).