Here at SOMAX we talk a lot about mobile apps and how they'll affect the CMMS market now and in the future. One of the changes coming this year is Apple's application of App Transport Security on all App Store apps. Without getting into too much technical language, App Transport Security ensures that your apps are connecting to the web over a secure connection. For those of you that speak a little tech lingo, that's like putting https in your browser bar instead of http when you go to a website.
Most secure websites like banks, fund management sites, and enterprise applications like cloud-based maintenance management software already use https for security and to safeguard your data. With the increase in use of the Internet of Things and the heaps of data that will be collected as the IoT continues to grow, the importance of data security is at an all-time high. Understanding that apps will continue be designed to use secure data, Apple has required that developers use secure connections for their apps by the end of 2016. Just as a note, we think this is a good thing and are already planning ahead for the transition. So, what does this mean for you, the user of an enterprise CMMS app? To the user the changes will mostly be unnoticed, but there will be a great deal going on behind the scenes.