Enterprises may not develop a large number of business applications for their employees, but if each one needs to be duplicated for three different mobile OSes, they may soon be faced with a sprawling portfolio, said Forrester Research analyst Christian Kane. Cloud-based hosting such as Fiberlink's may make sense for those shops.
Securing mobile devices for enterprise use is shaping up to be a big topic for this week's conference. Among other news in this area, AT&T and Verizo both are readying dual-persona software that can separate the business from the personal use of a device.
With AppExtender, Fiberlink is taking an opposite approach to dual-persona systems, offering ways to manage and secure apps rather than the device environment in which they operate, Kane said. Doing so will probably remain a job for third parties such as Fiberlink, because it's unlikely Apple or Google will open up their mobile platforms enough to let enterprise developers impose use tracking or other controls, he said.