Worldwide enterprise app store adoption is expected to triple by 2018, according to a new research report from ABI Research.

The firm predicts that the number of large enterprises to adopt enterprise app stores will grow at double-digit rates through 2018. Globally, large enterprise app store adoption will grow at 30 percent year-over-year, with the manufacturing and trade industries commanding the largest share of app deployments.

North American and Western European enterprise app store adoption will grow at 21 percent and 22 percent, respectively. But Asia-Pacific will have the most enterprises with enterprise app stores by 2018, growing at 59 percent year-over-year.

“Mobile application management is growing in popularity among enterprises looking to deploy flexible mobile solutions to support bring-your-own-device initiatives,” Jason McNicol, senior analyst at ABI, said in a statement. “The problem is finding a scalable solution to deploy enterprise apps without placing additional burdens on IT departments. Enterprise app stores allow enterprises to expand their mobile application portfolio yet control distribution based on role and mobile policy.”

Other benefits of enterprise app stores include enabling a mobile workforce with apps that contain key documents (such as PowerPoint presentations, videos and work order forms); custom app deployment to employees; and app lifecycle management.

“Enterprises supporting BYOD initiatives need to consider bring-your-own-app initiatives as well,” McNicol said. “Widespread adoption of BYOD has led to an influx of third-party apps being used to support business functions. Instead of blacklisting these apps, enterprises are embracing, securing and deploying third-party apps through the enterprise app store. As such, the enterprise app store is a means to support BYOA.”

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