Custom mobile apps see enterprise boom: Good Technology

A new index from the mobile security provider also suggests that iOS has regained its enterprise share from Android, accounting for 69 percent of enterprise device activations.

Good Technology has released its mobility index report for the third quarter and the data suggests a couple of stand out trends.

First, the mobile app adoption rate is rising among enterprises. In the third quarter, custom-business apps grew 107 percent quarter-over-quarter and 731 percent year-over-year, taking the lead as the most activated app category on the company’s Secure Mobility Platform.

Following not far behind are a set of third-party apps commonly used in document-based workflows, such as document editing and document access. Together the document-oriented apps account for 37 percent of all apps. Secure browser, secure IM, note taking and business intelligence followed.

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Another trend illustrated in the report reveals that iOS has reversed a decline in activation share with help from the release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which represent 85 percent of new iOS devices activated. In all, iOS holds a 69 percent share while Android held a 29 percent share of net device activations.


"The rapid rise in custom app development illustrates that organizations are seeing mobility as a real opportunity for competitive advantage and security as a critical requirement in enabling trusted mobility," said Christy Wyatt, chairman and CEO at Good Technology. "We continue to see the rapid growth of both internally developed and commercial applications in the Good Dynamics ecosystem, the largest secure mobility ecosystem available across operating systems."

The mobile security provider also announced an update to its Mobile Service Manager, adding tools for deeper visibility and control of enterprise mobile apps.

Good says the system automatically pinpoints problems across end-to-end mobile service delivery environments and proactively alerts IT staff to prevent outages before they happen. It also identifies problems with mobile apps and alerts IT staff to prevent outages.

"By extending our industry-leading Mobile Service Management to all Good-secured apps, we’re making it easier for IT and developers to not only secure their data and apps, but also to deploy them at scale and with mission-critical levels of availability and reliability," said John Herrema, SVP of products at Good Technology.