I was impressed earlier this week when I read that Genentech has given over 14,000 iPads to their employees. The company doesn’t have a BYOD policy (yet?) but sees increased productivity from the employees it has given iPads. While neat, the big “wow” came when I read how many internal enterprise apps they have.
Genentech has been running an internal app store for four years. In that time they’ve amassed 110 apps. While that might seem small compared with the hundreds of thousands of apps you’d find in Apple, Android, or Windows stores, it is impressive for a company creating apps just for its employees.
A recent survey of 200 companies by MGI Research found seventy percent of the companies surveyed had five or fewer mobile apps in development and half of the companies had no employee-focused mobile apps in production.
Considering that a majority of you bring 2 or more mobile devices to the office (at least those of you who responded to last week’s poll) I’m curious as to how you’re using your mobile devices. Specifically, how many business critical apps do you use in a typical day? These don’t need to just be apps developed specifically for or by your company. As indicated above, many companies aren’t developing internal enterprise apps. However it would be interesting to see how many apps people consider to be business critical.
Of course, “business critical” is just that -- apps we need to get our jobs done. One example of a business critical app might Genentech’s company directory app. The company has a total of 44,000 mobile devices that might access it and the app is used 400,000 times per month.
If you’re using a lot (or more than even 2 or 3), I’d really like to know what types of apps do you find most critical throughout your day? I recognize my poll is heavily biased by my experiences, so I’d love to hear from others.