By having a single pane of glass, IT can ensure customers have the apps they need to do their job, ensuring they are the latest versions and retiring those no longer in use, thereby increasing the value of the app store.
5. Decreased administration expenses
IT is often in the unfortunate position of having to clean up someone else's mess. Commonly, it involves an unauthorized app that wreaked havoc on a laptop or even the network. IT may have to stop what they are doing and set up a team just to tackle the issue at hand. Shadow IT operations create unnecessary administrative expenses for the organization and headaches for the IT department.
An enterprise service catalog, which houses the enterprise app store, enables IT to be more proactive in making sure users aren't getting apps the company can't support or that pose potential security risks.
Forty one percent of survey respondents say reduced license fees is a primary benefit of having an enterprise app store. Realizing cost savings on license fees is easy to execute with the visibility gained from an enterprise app store.
IT is in a position to strike deals where they obtain licenses at a bulk rate. Achieving a cost savings via consolidating and pooling discounts on solutions multiple users need is an area in which IT can become the fiscal hero.
The time to build an enterprise app store is now. The benefits of building an enterprise app store are numerous. The question is not why should you build an enterprise app store, but why aren't you building one right now?
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