App shops for the Enterprise

Enterprise app stores are in Gartner’s top ten of technology trends for 2012, but the term tends to be identified as meaning an external public site such as the Apple App Store rather than being an enterprise deployed initiative. The American Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) announced that it would be changing its procurement model from ‘purchase’ to ‘as a service’ and would be using an enterprise app shop as the means by which software suppliers would be able to place their ‘products’ and CIA staff would be able to use it on a ‘services’ basis.