HP has announced a new product designed to make it easier for IT teams to provide access to key apps for employees on tablets, smartphones and PCs.
The HP Access Catalog allows firms to specify which applications staff within different departments should be using, in order to try and bring an element of control to how staff are working as part of the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend.
IT teams can select the apps that staff are approved to use on both Android and iOS platforms, including custom applications built by the company.
The Access Catalog is delivered as a cloud service built on HTML5 technology, so it can be used on any device of any screen size, and there is also an app that provides a link to the applications approved for use (pictured).
Dragan Milanovich, vice president for Web Services and Software at HP, told V3 the service would offer firms several benefits.
“This gives a lot more control to IT by allowing them to approve and assign apps to different groups. So if you’re in finance or sales you can access the apps that you should be using,” he said.
“This also makes it easier for staff to access the key applications they should be using and helps keep a record of who is using what and when.
"It also means firms can distribute their own applications far more easily through the platform.”
He added that there were clear productivity benefits too by bringing a level of “self-service” to the way staff set up devices they are given when they join, rather than IT having to spend time doing this. The service will be available from March.
The use of mobile devices within enterprises poses numerous issues for firms around consumer applications and security, with vendors such as HP and IBM looking to try and tackle these problems.
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