AppGuru – The App to Run all Apps.

Today’s younger, mobile workforce has pushed forward the consumerization of IT and bring-your-own-app (BYOA) trends.  Individuals no longer rely solely on IT-provisioned technology to get their jobs done.   In fact, 7X more apps are being brought onto the network than IT estimates, IT often isn’t consulted (55% of the time) on what cloud apps employees use, and the apps they purchase and provision are duplicated over 50% of the time1.

LogMeIn recently debuted AppGuru, a cloud-based app-management system built to change the way businesses address the consumerization of IT.  As today’s IT challenges continue to evolve, AppGuru allows IT professionals to take a significant step forward, increase visibility and control of their environment and embrace the realities of employee-introduced apps.

Check out the video below to get to know AppGuru today.

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LogMeIn Introduces AppGuru

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Empowering businesses to securely embrace the app-centric world.

We’re excited to announce our new cloud app management offering, AppGuru. Specifically designed for IT professionals, AppGuru will change the way companies detect and secure employee-introduced applications and help IT professionals regain control of today’s consumerized IT environments.

IT’s acceptance of consumer devices into their network during the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) era opened up the door for an empowered workforce to introduce a flood of cloud applications to their corporate network. This exponentially increased the levels of business data flowing into the cloud and created an inability to understand what apps their employees were using in addition to existing, IT provided solutions. LogMeIn’s recent study fielded with Edge Strategies, found that 70% of organizations have a presence of bring-your-own-app (BYOA) and that IT underestimates the sheer volume of apps being brought into their organization by 7X.

This BYOA trend represents the latest example of the “Shadow IT” phenomenon, and has placed IT at an important crossroads; they can either ignore a trend that can be a threat to their business or address the challenge head on to bridge the gap between employee’s productivity wants, and their IT security needs.

With AppGuru, IT can take a managed and secure approach to cloud app adoption. Here’s a closer look at how AppGuru enables IT to embrace, secure and take control of the app-centric world:

  • Discover: IT can discover what apps are being used on the network, by whom, and on what devices, in addition to monitoring how much company data is going into the cloud
  • Analyze: Evaluate the security risks of cloud apps in use and uncover efficiencies across the organization with similar apps in use.
  • Provision: Manage your company’s current apps and subscriptions with out-of-the-box support for today’s most popular cloud apps, including Basecamp, Box, Evernote, GitHub, Google Apps, Jive, join.me, Office 365, Salesforce, and Trello.
  • Control: Enforce your company’s security standards, manage the adoption of cloud applications, and control feature usage within app policies.
  • Use: This centralized approach allows IT to access all of their company apps in one place and provide your company with the needed to streamline the adoption of new apps

Looking to get ahead of the trend and keep your network, data and business secure? Please visit AppGuru.com for more information.

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Can IT remain relevant in the era of BYOA? New research reveals 7 key findings

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Two megatrends — the rise of cloud applications and the consumerization of IT — are conspiring to change IT as we know it.  And in turn, they are calling  into question the value and very relevance of the role of IT, itself.   Today we released the first in a series of  studies designed to explore the state of IT management in today’s “BYO” workplace.  Featuring input from nearly 1400 IT professionals and business professionals, the  report  focuses on the rapid rise of employee introduced apps, or the bring-your-own-app (BYOA) trend, and explores how consumerized cloud apps have become both a challenge and a blind spot for many IT professionals.

A full copy of the BYOA report, Managing applications in the age of BYOA: Reclaiming IT’s strategic role, is available for download.  We’ll delve into the key findings, including key steps IT pros can take to embrace and manage this new reality in future posts, but here’s quick look at some of the highlights and takeaways.

Key findings:

1. BYOA is here to stay.

70% of organizations have some presence of BYOA and it’s a trend that is only going to increase.

2. IT significantly underestimates the scale of BYOA.

IT professionals in this global survey estimated they have, on average, 2.8 applications that were brought into the organization by employees. But LogMeIn data based on companies analyzed in the past 6 months shows the average to be closer to 21 apps–more than 7x what IT estimates.

3. Consumerization of Apps is accelerating.

Employees are bringing in their own applications in the first place because they’re unhappy with solutions provided by IT. More than 64% of the time, applications are brought in by employees when a solution already exists.

4. IT is out of the loop.

More importantly, employees are consulting IT less than half the time when choosing these applications. Then, even after IT endorses these employee-introduced applications, IT is rarely involved in provisioning or managing them.

5. Security risks are inconsistently managed-if at all.

IT professionals acknowledge that BYOA poses huge security risks, and takes some of the control for technology out of their hands, but many are not actively working to address the problem; only 38% currently have a policy in place.

6. Active employee engagement can help.

There are many positive things that can come out of allowing employees to introduce applications if managed properly. Apps brought in by employees tend to be more user-friendly, mobile-friendly, and better suited for collaboration.

7. IT has the ability to choose its role.

IT professionals can decide what role they want to play. They can act as gatekeepers and restrict app adoption, act as passive observers, and let the adoption happen without their involvement–or IT can act as strategic facilitators, managing and shaping the adoption and direction of the growing BYOA trend.

         

New Innovation in the AppGuru Preview, Part 2: Box, Salesforce.com Join Growing App Catalog

AppGuru is designed to give IT a single, central source for managing the myriad cloud apps being adopted and used in the workplace. And as I noted in my last post, we’re actively listening to our users to help guide our decisions on functionality and AppGuru’s ever-expanding app catalog.  So, with that in mind, I’m happy to announce that we’ve added new apps to the AppGuru App Catalog. The newbies are Salesforce.com and Box.

Our strategy with AppGuru is to enable admins to manage all of the cloud apps that are critical to their businesses. We’ve been prioritizing the list based on feedback. Sync and store apps continue to be the number one request because of the security risks they can pose to a company’s data and IP. But we’re also working on integrations with other popular collaboration, helpdesk, Finance, and HR applications.

We believe that a delightful experience is what separates the great apps from the good apps. So, we’ve spent a great deal of time improving the way the app tiles animate when you’re interacting with them. Play around to get a feel for it. We’d love to know what you think.

What apps would you like to see in AppGuru? If you’re already a user, check out our feedback community which you can access from within AppGuru.  Here you can suggest or vote on apps as well as new features and functionality.

If you haven’t joined us on the preview yet, you can sign up here.

         

New innovation in the AppGuru Preview, Part 1: Group Support

It’s been almost 4 weeks since we opened the doors on the AppGuru preview, and we’re happy to announce some new capabilities, and, yes, some new apps.  We’ll provide a deeper dive – and quick demos – on all the new features in the coming days, starting with one of our top requests: group or team support.  But before I get into the details, I wanted to first thank each and every one of our customers for your continued feedback and ideas. It’s always gratifying to know that we have such a reliable and insightful base of people to help us in our journey to build great products.

So, with that in mind, here’s a look at the new group support. We’d love to hear your thoughts:

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Group support, or more accurately nested group support, allows you to organize your users into whatever group structure makes sense for your business. It is also our first step toward broader Active Directory support; where we’ll enable you to replicate your AD group structure in AppGuru.

This gives you the ability to apply policies at the organization unit level – teams, departments, office locations, accounts, etc. – and apply these policies across appropriate apps under management.  The result is dramatically simplified on-boarding and the ability to ensure that new users are automatically assigned to the apps you’ve set up for their respective organizations or teams.

You can see it in action below, or even better, try it out for yourself.  It’s now live for all AppGuru users.  If you haven’t joined us on the preview yet, you can sign up here.

Don’t be shy. We want to hear more about what you like, loathe and anything in between.  And feel free to pile on over at our feedback community once you’ve joined the preview.