Apple is often criticized for not understanding or paying attention to the needs of business users or enterprise IT, but throughout the course of 2013, the company delivered new enterprise features, ratcheted up security, and addressed long-standing issues from IT departments. Here are the top ten highlights of Apple's enterprise achievements this year.
The battle over which platform delivers the best location and context services to mobile users is already underway with Google in the lead, but Apple's purchase of mapping startups and social analytics firm Topsy, combined with its Bluetooth-based iBeacons could give Apple a strong chance.
Apple has taken the wraps off its new enterprise licensing system for iOS and Mac apps. The long-awaited offering lets businesses and schools purchase apps, assign them to users, and revoke access and reassign them if necessary. Here's all the information you need to get started with it.
A user's Apple ID is more than just an iTunes/App Store/iCloud account. It is a one-stop digital identity for every way in which a user interacts with Apple - to activate a device, buy apps and content, get support, communicate with others, sync content, and even apply for jobs with the company. Handled poorly, that ubiquity can severely complicate things in the workplace both for users and IT.
Apple's recent changes to the Mac versions of iWork have many longtime users up in arms with many threatening or planning to jump ship to other productivity suites. The challenge is finding one that meets your needs and the staying power to be a dependable solution. Even Microsoft's Office isn't a sure thing in some respects.
Apple focused on the consumer and end-user additions in Mavericks during its launch of the new desktop OS, but that doesn't mean that the company ignored its enterprise customers in the release. Here are ten enterprise-focused additions that improve Mac security, deployment, updates, software development, and enterprise integration that are included in Mavericks.
Apple surprised everyone this week when it announced that Mac OS X Mavericks is free and available. Mac lovers cheered, many of whom use their personal computers for work as happy members of the BYOD movement. You could almost hear them scurrying to their old Macs to be the first to download Mavericks.
The truly scary possibility is how much information thieves will gain from stolen iPhones.
Google's latest attempt to capture the connected TV market has lots of promise in both the living room and the conference room or classroom. For enterprise and education settings, however, Apple TV's IT-friendly management capabilities and broader sources of content mean Apple's "hobby" a serious major lead on Chromecast.
Apple may like to call the Apple TV just a "hobby," but that hobby is gain serious traction in business and education (and in many homes) thanks to AirPlay. With iOS 7 and Mavericks, Apple has the chance to make the $99 set top box into a major business solution -- if it can streamline the setup and management challenges Apple TV presents to IT.