Nomasis und incapptic Connect vereinbaren strategische Partnerschaft

Ausbau des Angebots um Lösung für vereinfachtes App Release Management

Nomasis, Anbieter von sicheren Lösungen und Services für den geschäftlichen Einsatz von Smartphones und Tablets, und das Berliner Software-Haus Incapptic Connect gehen eine strategische Vertriebspartnerschaft ein. Dabei wird Nomasis als dedizierter Vertriebspartner und in enger Zusammenarbeit mit Incapptic Connect den Schweizer Markt für die gleichnamige Lösung für vereinfachtes App Release Management auf- und ausbauen. Incapptic Connect als Pionier bei der Optimierung von App Release Management und App Signing ermöglicht Unternehmen nicht nur massive zeitliche Einsparungen bei der Veröffentlichung von neuen Versionen firmeneigener Apps. Die Software erlaubt es insbesondere, viel häufiger als bisher Bugfixes und neue App- Funktionalitäten bereitzustellen“, sagt Philipp Klomp, CEO von Nomasis.

Für Dr. Rafael Kobylinski, CEO von Incapptic Connect, bedeutet die Partnerschaft einen wichtigen Meilenstein in der strategischen Entwicklung seines Unternehmens: „Wir sehen in der Schweiz mit ihren vielen grossen, international tätigen Unternehmen ein enormes Marktpotenzial, sind doch gerade auch viele Schweizer Unternehmen in Sachen firmeneigener und geschäftskritischer Apps sehr innovativ.“ Mit Incapptic Connect könnten Nomasis-Kunden den heute von den meisten Unternehmen noch händisch ausgeführten App-Signing-Prozess automatisieren, Medienbrüche vermeiden und den Ablauf massiv beschleunigen. „Nomasis als Spezialist für Mobile Application Management ist deshalb für uns der richtige Partner mit der entsprechenden Erfahrung und Glaubwürdigkeit für die Bearbeitung des Schweizer Marktes.“

 

incapptic Connect

Fehleranfällige Handarbeit und frustrierende Kommunikationsschleifen – bisher brauchen grosse Unternehmen mehrere Tage, um eine neue App-Version zu veröffentlichen. Mit Incapptic Connect kann das in Sekunden gehen: Die Software vereinfacht den Datenaustausch mit externen Entwicklern, signiert automatisch mit dem digitalen Unternehmensschüssel und ist kompatibel mit den gängigen App-Verteilsystemen wie etwas MobileIron, Apple App Store und Google Play. Mit der Lösung werden Grossunternehmen so schnell wie Startups beim Veröffentlichen neuer App-Versionen.

 

Über Nomasis AG
Medien- und Öffentlichkeitsarbeit:

Häfliger Media Consulting – Markus Häfliger Hirslanderstrasse 51 – 8032 Zürich
Tel.: +41 44 422 66 00 haefliger@haefligermediaconsulting.com www.haefligermediaconsulting.com
Als Pionier und Marktführer in der Umsetzung von mobilen IT-Infrastrukturen betreut Nomasis über 200 aktive Kunden aus der Finanzbranche, den öffentlichen Diensten, Regierung und Bildung. Seit der Firmengründung im Jahre 2004, hat sich das Unternehmen konsequent auf die Informationssicherheit vom mobilen Mitarbeiter spezialisiert und bringt geschäftsrelevante Daten sicher und einfach auf mobile Geräte wie Smartphones, Tablets und Laptops.

incapptic Connect @ IDC Enterprise Mobility Conference 2017

incapptic Connect will attend the IDC Enterprise Mobility Conference on June 22, 2017 in Frankfurt!

IDC Enterprise Mobility Conference 2017 will teach you how to use the appropriate mobility strategy to decisively influence the success of your company. Look forward to a directional conference with exciting lectures, interactive workshops, stimulating discussions and the opportunity to expand your own network. Incapptic Connect is happy to attend this conference as a partner!

The following topics are planned (subject to change):

Enterprise Mobility as a key factor in digital transformation
Mobility permeates the specialist areas: new use cases beyond the office IT
Wearables, Augmented and Virtual Reality as innovation drivers: Use Cases for Companies
Rapid Mobile App Development: Threat or Opportunity?
Implications of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
How do companies find the right balance between productivity and security?
Security with and in the cloud, but how?
From Mobile Laissez Faire to Mobile Security First
BYOD, CYOD and their influence on business processes
From Enterprise Mobility Management to Unified Workspace Management to IoT?

 

Don't miss the chance to meet our team!

Want to know more about App Release Management and Deployment Automation?
Dr. Thiemo Scherle, our Chief Customer Officer, and Marita Fabeck, Customer Development Executive, will be happy to get in touch. Come visit them at incapptic Connect's booth, or send them a message to meet during the event. 

 

Attend incapptic Connect´s Presentation: "Case Study on Automatic App Release Management"

From 16:00 to 16:30, Dr. Thiemo Scherle will take the stage, don't miss it!

 

 

Location

Hotel Hilton Frankfurt City Centre
Hochstraße 4
Frankfurt am Main, 60313

 

incapptic Connect @ MobileIron Live! 2017

incapptic Connect is proud to be part of the upcoming MobileIron Live! on June 1 - 2, 2017 in Berlin!

MobileIron Live! is the premier event for immersive learning about enterprise mobility and security. Get hands-on technical training and learn how to achieve business results from real IT pros. Leave a better mobile IT professional.

 

Don't miss the chance to meet our team!

Want to know more about App Release Management and Deployment Automation?
Dr. Rafael Kobylinski and Dr. Thiemo Scherle, our Founder / CEO and our Chief Customer Officer, will be happy to get in touch. Send them a Twitter message to meet them during the event:

@rkobylinski
@timscher

 

Attend incapptic Connect's Roundtable: Best Practices for Publishing and Updating In-house Apps

On Thursday, June 1, 2017, afternoon, we will host a roundtable. In this session, we will discuss the best practices needed to securely transfer app binaries, screenshots, and meta-data across organizational boundaries, such as development and IT operations. We will also explain how to re-sign externally developed apps with Apple-issued digital identities or Android Keystores, as well as upload in-house apps to MobileIron Apps@Work. You will also learn how self-service and automation can save countless admin hours and reduce lead times from development to availability in Apps@Work.

Location

Motorwerk
An der Industriebahn 12
13088 Berlin

4 Ways to Prevent iOS Provisioning Profile Expiration

iOS provisioning profiles for in-house apps are only valid for 12 months. Their respective distribution certificates are valid for 36 months. The clock starts ticking the moment you generate either of them in the Apple Developer Center. Once the expiration date is reached, your app stops working. This is bad, as in-house app use cases are maturing from convenience (remember the Genentech Get-A-Room video?) to business critical.
Hence if the provisioning profile or, worse the distribution certificates expire, important business processes might get disrupted.

Often overlooked: the 12-month lifespan applies also to certificates required to send push notifications via the Apple Push Notification service (APNs). If you let an APNs certificate expire, the backend of the respective app won’t be able to send push notifications anymore.

 

1. Apple App Store

If your app (including all static content in the app’s bundle) can be exposed to the public, going through the App Store might be actually a good choice. Of course, there is always the review process to deal with. This process creates a number of challenges, ranging from introducing the risk of an important bug fix update being rejected, important features being impossible to implement due to the review guidelines, to additional delay into the release process, making continuous delivery difficult to achieve.

If your app is being built by a third party, you could also explore a path less traveled: Custom B2B. Custom B2B uses the Apple App Store but does not expose your app to the public. With the Custom B2B option (actually a checkbox in iTunes Connect), third-party developers can submit an app to the Apple App Store and limit visibility of the app to a list of designated Volume Purchase Program (VPP) Apple IDs.

If you have one of those Apple IDs, you can ‘purchase’ the app (the price can be set to zero), while everyone else will neither see the app on the Apple App Store nor in the VPP portal. You can then manage the distribution of your app just like you would manage the distribution of a public app purchased through VPP.

While Custom B2B lets you avoid all the problems related to the limited lifespan of provisioning profiles, it introduces a lot of complexities on its own and does not bypass the Apple review process. Hence few organizations seem to have adopted it.

 

2. Managing with Spreadsheets

A spreadsheet is not the worst start and should contain at least the following: App name, contact information of the app owner, App ID, provisioning profile expiration date, distribution certificate expiration date, and the APNs certificate expiration date if applicable. If you manage to start maintaining such a spreadsheet before the first incident caused by an expired provisioning profile, you get extra points for having a head start compared to a lot of other companies.

 

3. Automated Email Notifications

The drawback of the spreadsheet solution is that you have to develop and maintain a monitoring routine and manually send advance warnings to app owners affected by soon-to-expire provisioning profiles, distribution certificates or APNs certificates.

I’d instead recommend replacing the manual routine with an automated solution. If you’d rather buy than build, our own mobile app release automation software incapptic Connect can automatically notify relevant stakeholders, such as Apple Developer Enterprise Program team admins, app owners, and app developers, based on policies you define.

 

How do you get started?

It’s a good idea to assess where you currently stand. Create a report of all in-house apps in the field, and check provisioning profile, distribution certificate and APNs certificate expiration dates. You should also take a look at the renewal date of the Apple Developer Enterprise Program while you’re at it. Armed with this information, you can assess if anything is about to go wrong in the next 3 months, and contact the relevant stakeholders. Then decide which route you would like to take to prevent expiration incidents for the next 12 months. Let me know how it goes!