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Mobile management spurs power shift in the enterprise

Tom Kaneshige | Aug. 30, 2013
Who owns mobility in the enterprise? It's not the CIO. The business side is seizing power for mobile application development and management, and software vendors are quickly adjusting to service this nontechnical target market.

This essentially frees business units from the IT department's skills and capacity constraints, Exadel says. In other words, it's a workaround for mobile app development.

"Our customers have embraced the cloud and social, and now they're racing forward with mobile," says Adam Seligman, vice president of developer relations at "We check our phones and use them 150 times a day, but the business apps haven't shown up for the party."

With, everyone from business users to English majors-"citizen developers," as Seligman calls them-can build business apps quickly. In order to do this, business managers need more control over the development and management of mobile apps.

While MobileIron's Anywhere and Exadel's don't necessarily cut out IT completely, they certainly diminish IT's role. Mobility's ability to loosen IT's grip is not an initiative, Seligman adds, "It's a revolution, a renaissance... that needs to happen."


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