The power of native: The AppConfig Community thrives in year three

The AppConfig Community launched in February 2016 with four enterprise mobility management (EMM) providers and Apple looking to establish a common approach for enterprise app configuration and security. The mission of the Community was to simplify app development and deployment through the use of native OS standards.


That mission of openness and developer focus connected with people across the industry.

Eighteen more EMM providers joined, for a total of 22 who believed deeply in the value of standards.

Google became an active participant to extend the Community to Android.

One hundred five independent software vendors (ISVs) joined, from Box to Dropbox, Oracle to Salesforce, Workday to Workplace by Facebook, and many more of the most innovative and widely adopted application services in the mobile enterprise. You can see the full list of members here.

Most importantly, over 2,000 developers leveraged the Community’s online iOS or Android Dev Centers to learn how to build apps that were EMM-neutral and infrastructure-neutral. Almost every major software company, except Microsoft, publicly supported this adoption of native OS standards that enabled developers to avoid being locked into a particular EMM solution or cloud infrastructure.


At MobileIron, we’ve always believed that native experience wins. As the AppConfig Community reaches its 30th month, I am reminded that the true value of mobile is always business transformation through apps. And the true value of native OS standards and the AppConfig Community is faster development and deployment of these transformative apps for the enterprise.

Ojas Rege

Chief Strategy Officer

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Ojas Rege's perspective on enterprise mobility has been covered by Bloomberg, CIO Magazine, Financial Times, Forbes, and Reuters. He coined the term “Mobile First” on TechCrunch in 2007, one week after the launch of the first iPhone, to represent a new model of personal and business computing. He is co-inventor on six mobility patents, including the enterprise app store and BYOD privacy. Ojas is also a Fellow of the Ponemon Institute for information security policy. Ojas has a BS/MS in Computer Engineering from M.I.T. and an MBA from Stanford. Ojas is also Board Chair for Pact, a non-profit in Oakland, California that provides adoption services for children of color and their parents.