ITWorldCanada: Device Makers to Launch Business App Stores

With new tablets and app stores being unveiled every week, app store maker Partnerpedia says tablet and smart phone vendors will be building out business-focused app stores in the near future. The firm launched a software-as-a-service platform to help mobile device vendors develop their own branded enterprise app stores and also works with enterprise IT shops to plan out internal app stores. The theme was echoed recently by Pat O’Day, co-founder and CTO of managed IT services provider Bluelock, who predicted that 2011 will be the year the enterprise app store truly makes its mark on enterprise IT procurement. “So, the idea (is) that a business unit manager says ‘I need a SharePoint environment’ and they can deploy that as quickly as you can get Angry Birds on your iPhone,” O’Day said.