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Solstice Mobile Releases AppLauncher As Industry’s First Application Lifecycle Management Platform For Enterprise Mobility

Solstice Mobile, an enterprise mobility solutions firm, today announced the release of its mobile application lifecycle management (ALM) platform, AppLauncher. With AppLauncher, enterprises of all sizes and industries can gain real-time insight and control over all mobile initiatives, while creating cost and process efficiencies through a centralized DevOps, continuous integration approach.

The imperative is great for the enterprise to rapidly develop, optimize, and expand its mobile channels with employees and customers. From workplace productivity solutions to brand engagement, a 2012 research report by IDG Enterprise found that 57 percent of respondents viewed mobile as critical when ranking technology important to creating business advantages. This rapid mobile adoption is also not without its significant share of risk for the enterprise, as the “State of Mobility” survey by Symantec, which surveyed over 6,000 organizations, showed that 41 percent of respondents rank mobile as a significant risk to data, brand and productivity—calculating the average cost of these mobile-related incidents at $429,000 a year.

With AppLauncher, Solstice Mobile has created the ability to centralize enterprise mobile development by serving the key roles and priorities throughout an organization. The solution is designed to integrate with any development platform currently in use by an organization, in the cloud or behind the firewall, leveraging existing investments to provide value throughout the entire lifecycle. With AppLauncher, enterprises will receive:

  • Continuously integrated and on-demand builds for iOS, Android and HTML 5 apps
  • Increased velocity by collaborating on feedback and corrections in real-time
  • Standardized and automated testing and deployment
  • Constant code quality analysis leveraging a customizable mobile-specific rule-set
  • Actionable insights and analytics designed for the needs of each stakeholder – from developer to executive

“Our 12 years of developing enterprise applications has shown us that mobile application development is very different,” said J. Schwan, CEO and founder of Solstice Mobile. “In general, no two apps go through the same development process, so you can imagine the hurdles in enabling executive purview into the development process, establishing more predictive timelines and budgets, and ensuring consistently high levels of quality. These hurdles only get amplified in providing support for the applications and when it comes time to update the apps. We built AppLauncher to expedite and perfect the mobile app development process for our enterprise clients. Using AppLauncher, we have enhanced the transparency, control and velocity for the mobile application lifecycle, creating a flexible platform that allows for the unique needs and integration points of each enterprise.”

By practicing continuous integration, AppLauncher aggregates information from each part of the application lifecycle and provides a dashboard highlighting the various metrics associated with each project. The insight provided allows members within the organization to pinpoint the status of the app, honing in on specific code infractions and specifying the time and money needed to trouble-shoot any issues that arise. As organizations within different industries face certain rules and regulations they must comply with, AppLauncher allows for rule-set customization where projects can be tailored to look for specific concerns that meet the needs of their business.

“We’ve been using AppLauncher internally for several months, and the improvements in process and control have been dramatic,” said George Monical, CEO of MiGym. “We currently have 70 apps in various app stores. On average, we deploy two to four apps a month, and 15-20 updates to existing apps per month. The development team structure and development process for each app can be very different for each app, which can prove difficult for maintaining oversight and control. With AppLauncher, we have been able to centralize our efforts, maintain flexibility in development, while cutting costs by 25 percent and shaving three to six days off of the timeline.”

AppLauncher provides the enterprise with a solution for more efficient processes and centralized app management, meeting the demand from executives by accelerating time-to-market and allowing developers to focus on technology. For more information on AppLauncher, please visit applauncher.com/launch/.

About Solstice Mobile

Solstice Mobile is an enterprise mobility solutions firm, delivering innovative strategies and products to the world’s leading organizations including Redbox, Grainger, Northern Trust and Discover. Founded in 2001, Solstice advises complex organizations on the use of emerging technologies and approaches that optimize engagements with their employees, customers, and partners. The company designs and develops individualized native and web mobile applications that create efficiencies, drive revenue growth, and transform business models. For more information about Solstice Mobile, visit: solstice-mobile.com/

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