IBM, JAMF Software, MobileIron and VMware team on AppConfig Community
Major enterprise mobility management vendors IBM, JAMF Software, MobileIron and AirWatch by VMware announced Tuesday the formation of the AppConfig Community, which is committed to establishing a common approach for enterprise application configuration and security.
According to the community's website, it is "focused on providing tools and best practices around native capabilities in mobile operating systems to enable a more consistent, open and simple way to configure and secure mobile apps in order to increase mobile adoption in business."
With AppConfig Community tools and best practices, developers will not require EMM-specific integration for many enterprise use cases. End users will be able to use automated features such as an out-of-the-box experience to give the users app access with no setup or user credentials.
More than 60 companies have committed to AppConfig Community tools and best practices, including software vendors Box, Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce and Workday.
Mimi Spier, senior director of marketing and strategy at VMware, told FierceMobileIT that Apple brought the four EMM vendors together and "facilitated" the conversation among them. The four vendors are all members of Apple's Mobility Partner Program.
Not coincidentally, the first open XML schema announced by the community is for iOS enterprise app configurations. The schema streamlines app deployment by making it easy for developers to define app configurations across apps and for businesses to deploy these app configurations. Apps built using native frameworks in iOS and the XML schema will work consistently across participating EMM providers.
The community expects to offer open XML schema for Android and Windows apps in the future. In addition, the community is in talks with Citrix about becoming a member, related Spier. She said that the group would also be open to BlackBerry (which acquired Good Technology last year) joining.