Will Meghraj spur adoption of app stores in Indian private sector?

Cloud computing and the consumerization of enterprise IT has taken the app-store procurement model beyond its consumer focused origins

The Department of Electronics and IT (DeitY) has embarked on its GI Cloud initiative, also known as Meghraj, to harness the benefits of cloud.

The focus of the Meghraj is to enable central and state governments to leverage cloud computing for effective delivery of e-services. GI Cloud is modeled on a project run by the UK government, known as the G Cloud.

By 2017, 25% of enterprises will have an enterprise app store for managing corporate-sanctioned apps on PCs and mobile devices, according to Gartner. 

Enterprise app stores promise greater control over the apps used by employees, and over software expenditures as well as better negotiating power with app vendors, but this greater control is only possible if the enterprise app store is widely adopted. 

The increasing number of enterprise mobile devices and the adoption of mobile device management (MDM) by enterprises will drive demand and adoption of enterprise app stores.

Swiss bank Credit Suisse recently launched an online technology marketplace focused on providing apps to the investment banking and hedge fund sectors.

The eCO Financial Technology marketplace, which will launch in January, will match up buyers and sellers of apps and provide standardized contracts to smooth procurement.

French banking giant Credit Agricole, which has 150,000 employees and 51 million customers, has already created an app store to provide banking apps to customers and get ideas from customers for new apps.

The Credit Agricole Store is a platform that puts developers in touch with the bank's customers. Customers can download any apps they want and make suggestions for new ones. 

Abhishek Gupta, senior software engineer at Tech Mahindra, said an app store from BMC enables him to control corporate apps without interfering with personal choices on the device. “Furthermore, while mobile device management is designed as an IT-control tool, BMC AppZone is modeled after consumer-style app stores with the same easy self-service and flexibility, while enabling IT management of enterprise-owned app licenses.”

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