It’s important to understand the difference between publishers and platforms when so many companies are now serving both roles. At OneScreen, we define a publisher as a company that makes its licensed or produced content directly available to its audience through its own channels, sites, and applications. A platform, on the other hand, enables a variety of different publishers to distribute their content (or their licensed content) through an “app store,” such as Apple’s App Store and Google Play.
The B2B Apple App Store program was launched this summer as the tech-giant’s response to growing corporate demands for business applications. The service allows businesses to purchase apps in volume and distribute them within the organization, solving many of the challenges originally posed by Enterprise app deployment.
The B2B App Store acts as a private web portal between buyers and sellers of apps, making it easier for businesses to integrate apps into day-to-day operations. It is also the mechanism to deploy customized applications based on common code or framework logic. This allows the developer to build the app once and make minor modifications, such as branding for each customer, while keeping the “guts” of the application the same. Another benefit for developers is that they retain the IP of the application, unlike most custom application development agreements where the client is essentially buying the IP of the custom developed app.
Apple still does have the Enterprise deployment mechanism for in house applications; however, the B2B App Store allows developers and customers alike to buy and sell apps without the same stipulations of the Enterprise store. Enterprise deployment requires the company to have at least 500 employees, with few granted exceptions. However, the... Read more