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Apperian, which develops the EASE mobile application that lets employees quickly access and download company-built applications on the iPhone and iPad, announced today that it has raised $9.5 million from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and other venture capital firms.
Apperian lets users quickly access any application built or deployed by their company, and they can log in with a corporate email and password. The list of apps available to them is customized by the company — users in a sales group can only see sales applications, for example. They can also access the company help desk through the application. Apperian users can also download company applications without having to sync the iPhone with a computer, like typical enterprise applications require.
While apps developed by a company for the iPhone and iPad do not typically appear on the Apple App Store, they still have to go through an approval process like other apps. Many companies have already begun their transition to tablets for field work and other corporate necessities. About 80 percent of the largest companies in the world on the Fortune 100 list have already begun testing or deploying applications for Apple’s iPad tablet.
Part of this latest round of funding came from Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers’ iFund, a $200 million investment fund geared toward mobile startups. North Bridge Venture Partners and Bessemer Venture Partners also participated in the round, bringing the company’s total funding up to $11 million.