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How to Deploy Mobile Apps at Scale: Page 2

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Involve End Users in Mobile App Dev

User involvement early on in application development and rollout is critical, said Tom Scott, vice president of Custom App Development at Appirio. Make sure to include actual end users during important milestones in the original development of each application. A group of users should attend demos during the development phase, for instance, and those users should also get the opportunity for be hands-on experience with the application during the testing phase.

Simplify Mobile App Authentication

Finally, authentication procedures must be able to scale. Imagine users having hundreds of apps at their disposal and needing to have separate logins, passwords and other authentication procedures for each. Now multiply that by tens of thousands of users, and IT will be unable to keep pace with access and security challenges. It's up to IT to figure out how to make it easy for users to access all these apps while remaining secure.

"Authenticating the apps with an enterprise single-sign-on solution is critical so that you aren't managing users in multiple systems," said Scott. "MDM tools are helpful in app distribution as well, especially if you aren't deploying via app stores."

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Drew Robb is a freelance writer specializing in technology and engineering. Currently living in Florida, he is originally from Scotland, where he received a degree in geology and geography from the University of Strathclyde. He is the author of Server Disk Management in a Windows Environment (CRC Press).

This article was originally published on November 30, 2015
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