Tech Firms Create ‘ACE’ Standards for Enterprise Apps
A group of software companies this week proposed a set of development standards for enterprise apps that could make it easier for IT to manage and secure Android and iOS apps using popular EMM products.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
A consortium of technology companies this week launched the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE) group, which aims to create development standards for enterprise apps so they more easily integrate with a number of commonly used enterprise mobility management (EMM) products.
The group proposed a standard software development kit (SDKs) that can be used to build security and management features into Android and iOS apps so they’re compatible with the leading EMM products.
From the ACE site:
“Each EMM provider has its own proprietary SDK, and usually a version for each major platform, adding to the fragmentation and scalability issues for app developers.”
ACE says standardized SDKs, which use the latest Apple and Google APIs for iOS and Android, will help enterprise app developers create software that better integrates with popular EMM products, while reducing the IT headaches associated with scaling and app management. The standards should result in better, more uniform app experiences for users. And ACE could also help EMM providers, because apps developed using the standards should be easier to secure and manage via those EMM offerings.
According to AirWatch, ACE offered standards for app setup and configuration; app-to-network connectivity; single sign-on authentication; access control for native apps; data loss prevention configurations; and standard device and enterprise wipe.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.