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Partnerpedia Unveils Mobile App Management for Shared Devices
Partnerpedia has launched Enterprise AppZone, a new software-as-a-service (SaaS) product intended to help educational institutions manage mobile apps on shared devices.
The company developed Enterprise AppZone to help organizations deal with a common problem associated with shared mobile devices. Consumer app stores typically associate purchases with the user of the device, but this business model doesn't work for educational institutions that want to purchase apps for their students or staff to use, or where multiple users are sharing devices because no single user owns the device or app.
"In addition to a shared device environment, schools have strict guidelines as to how they track and manage app licenses when purchased with public or organizational funds," said Sam Liu, VP of Marketing at Partnerpedia, in a prepared statement. "However, consumer app stores are not suited for this task since license ownership typically goes to the individual and not the organization."
Enterprise AppZone offers both a private enterprise app store for distributing and managing mobile and enterprise apps, as well as a curated store for purchasing and procuring business apps. It supports both user-based and device-based models for assigning and accessing mobile apps. Organizations can create their own cloud-based Enterprise Appstore, where they can procure apps, manage users and devices, and assign app licenses to specific users or devices.
Key features of Enterprise AppZone include:
- Support for bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, as well as school-owned and shared devices;
- App policies and assignments based on user or device profiles;
- Support for purchase order, credit card, and volume purchasing of apps;
- App auditing and license management; and
- Curated app store for educational apps.
Further information about Enterprise AppZone is available at enterpriseappzone.com.
Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at [email protected].