With Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform dominating mobile workforces, it’s easy to miss all the noise is around Windows 8 devices. But many users and app developers seem to be adopting the Windows 8 mobile apps trend for a single word: Power.
Windows 8 went live in October and broke 20,000 apps within a month, according to Distimo. The high-visibility launch apparently impressed users, too, as they seem to be voting with their consumption; Windows 8 devices are already battling with Blackberry for third place in the mobile market.
The daily download volume of the top 300 Windows 8 apps is reportedly three times higher at the Windows Store, than the second most popular Windows 8 download site. Also not surprising, according to Distimo, the most popular category in the Windows Store is games (apx. 25%). Reportedly, interest in business (apx. 1%) and productivity (apx. 11%) apps is growing. The real question is whether the enterprise or the user understands the power of the Windows 8 mobile device for professional productivity, versus lifestyle and leisure interests.
Can Windows 8 apps strengthen enterprise performance?
The volume of apps may be impressive, but Windows 8 users seem to have an advantage: They can seamlessly work on their laptops, tablets and mobile devices. Businesses can use mobile technologies to enhance those advantages, according to Hari Subramanyam, head of Global Rollout & Partner Enablement for SAP Rapid Deployment Solution for Mobile.
Mobile workers started their journey with a PC or laptop and a mobile phone, Subramanyam noted during a global mobility tour. That quickly evolved to a laptop and a mobile device with apps.
“The laptop was still king – that’s because those early apps were eyeware, a skin, for data and simple transactions,” Subramanyam said. “Windows 8 redefines the power of the robust mobile app to be something closer to the apps on your laptop.”
Mobile technology’s rapid evolution is likely to enable more complex work at a deeper level.
But the market is moving away from data-enabled mobile phones toward a new way of working from your body.
“I used to say working from a hand-held, but they’re making data-enabled mobile devices for the wrist and Google’s eyewear just upped the ante,” Subramanyam said. “There’s one thing for sure, the definition of mobile is evolving and the workforce constantly reinvents and adapts to the new trends.”
As the market leader in enterprise mobility, SAP offers a wide variety of mobility solutions including productivity apps, designed to increase employee and manager productivity. The updated mobile apps and infrastructure rapid-deployment solution now contains Windows 8 apps for the following lines of business: sales, human resources, and compliance.
Priorities: eyeware apps or enterprise apps?
Subramanyam leads the rollout of the entire mobility portfolio of SAP Rapid-Deployment solutions, which deliver SAP packaged solutions with predefined content that deploys at a fixed price, scope, and schedule. These include packages for SAP Afaria, SAP Mobile Platform, and mobile analytics.
“The latest version of SAP Rapid Deployment Solution for Mobile Apps and Infrastructure contains the SAP Mobile Platform and 39 instant-value SAP mobile productivity apps, including six mobile apps ported to the Windows 8 platform,” Subramanyam said. The package includes the deployment predefined services associated with SAP’s Mobile Platform to ensure that even customers lacking a mobile platform can run Windows 8 Apps.
“These apps differentiate between the single-purchase apps employees may be downloading,” Subramanyam said. “Those cannot scale across the enterprise, nor can they cover multiple business problems.
“It is also cost-prohibitive to adopt single-purchase apps in an enterprise,” Subramanyam said. “SAP rapid-deployment solution for mobile apps and infrastructure consists of instant-value mobile apps that touch on multiple lines of business and industries focused on extending corporate applications and business processes.
“You don’t get that with eyeware.”
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