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The common enterprise mobility narrative has recently switched from a device-centric discussion to one that is application-centric. It is apps, not devices, that offer the greatest potential to transform business and IT operations.


  • Hero apps are the starting point for many organizations, encouraging business units to consider and actively engage in the development of soldier applications that may better suit their needs.

Features and Benefits

  • Learn about how mobile apps are changing the way people work and interact.
  • Understand why adopting a strategic approach to mobile app development and management is important to long-term success.

Key questions answered

  • What are "hero" and "soldier" apps?
  • What are the benefits of recruiting an army of soldier apps?
  • How are other organizations gaining value from soldier apps?

Table of contents


  • Catalyst
  • Ovum view
  • Key messages


  • Recommendations for enterprises
  • Recommendations for vendors

Mobile apps are changing the way people work and interact

  • Mobile apps are evolving how people interact with systems
  • Technology that can help organizations innovate
  • Workers are using a mix of corporately provided apps and BYOA
  • Communication and document sharing are the common reasons people use their own applications

Soldier apps enable differentiation and present productivity improvement opportunities

  • The importance of hero apps should not be discounted
  • Soldier apps can help organizations transform business processes
  • How organizations can differentiate by recruiting an army of soldier apps
  • Soldier apps in action

A strategic approach to mobile app development and management is important for long-term success

  • Hero apps are a good place to start, but real differentiation will come through the deployment of soldier apps
  • Managing an application is an ongoing process; think lifecycle
  • Best practices support an organizations' approach to deploying soldier apps
  • The AppConfig Community may usher in common best practices and a standardized approach to mobile app development


  • Methodology
  • Further reading
  • Author

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