Whether your employees are bringing their own devices or not, they are probably using their own apps. People love apps. The average smartphone user runs 41 apps and there are over 1.5 million apps available out there.
With all those employees and all those apps, it’s going to be difficult for your to regulate which apps are used and how. That’s why some companies who want more control have taken to developing their own apps for employees. It might not be such a bad idea. Here’s why:
Seventy-two percent of small businesses say then need an app to get work done. A third of small business owners say they’d be challenged to get work done without apps. Increasingly, apps mean productivity in the workplace. Everyone’s work is a little different so if businesses have apps specifically built to help keep people working, productivity will increase too.
Keeping information current
By using an app for business, you can make sure everyone is kept up to date on changes simply by updating the app. For example, some companies are using apps for HR purposes; if policies change, they simply update the app and everyone has access to the new information at their fingertips. If percentages in formulas change as industries shift, changing a calculator app allows you to make sure everyone is working with the correct information. These are just a couple examples, depending on the functionality of your app, you can probably find lots of ways to keep information current for all.
You can control access
With an in-house app, you can control who has access and who does not. If employees leave, you don’t have to worry about wiping sensitive information from their mobile device, you can simply deny that person access to the services that the app uses.
When you control the app and the app store, you can minimize the chances that malware or spyware built into the app. By only allowing your employees to download secure apps, you lower the risk of data loss.
Creating your own apps gives you another level of security control, lower’s risk of data breaches, and allow your employees to be more productive. Apps are in. Your employees are probably using them to get work done. The more you control those tools, the more secure your organization will be in the long run.