Apple has done a tremendous job making the iPhone and iPad enterprise-friendly. Despite the many enterprise enhancements in iOS 7, there are still areas for improvement that could further integrate iOS devices into enterprise infrastructure and workflows.
Samsung's high-security KNOX platform suffered from a delayed rollout and sometimes contradictory messaging about which devices support it and how to active it. Despite those challenges, the platform is likely to be a major new factor in enterprise mobility management in 2014.
iOS 7 includes many new features that will appeal to enterprise users and enterprise IT pros. Some, like data protection for all apps, are automatic and ready as soon as a device is upgraded or activated. But these four key features need thought, planning, and technical prerequisites.
Employees just want to do their job when and where it needs to be done. It's time for vendors to start spending time in the trenches with real users, and stop pitching command-and-control solutions to IT admins.
Containerization and dual persona solutions are attracting a lot of attention as a way to enabled BYOD with little to no device management. The problem is that overly aggressive containerization can negate all the advantages of BYOD.
Accomplishing tasks on a smartphone or tablet is very different from accomplishing them on a PC. Often mobile workers need two, three, or more discrete apps to deliver the functionality in a single desktop application. Securing these workflows means ensuring secure apps and app-to-app communication, which is the focus of Good's latest solution.
Some pundits are once again on the tired "Apple doesn't get the enterprise" schtick. The irony of this is that Apple's iOS 7 will be the most enterprise-friendly and secure version of Apple's mobile platform to date.