An Enterprise App Store is an aspect of a self-service user portal, focused of course on self-service application deployment. A user can log in and request software. Depending upon the vendor’s implementation of this feature, there could an approval workflow. In the end, the requested application is installed by a management agent so that the user does not actually perform the installation or require the credentials to do so, but rather initiates the deployment which is serviced by the systems management solution. This can apply to desktop systems and/or mobile systems. For mobile platforms an Enterprise App Store takes on the role of providing a curated list of approved applications (then delivered “normally” via the mobile OS vendor’s store). Such self service request systems may or may not address the tracking of purchased software licenses.
This is one of many systems management features covered here at AppDetails. When considering what features are important to you, we recommend you also contemplate the importance of a strong software inventory, application deployment, an intuitive user console and other systems management features.
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