Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: June 8-12
► Apple Launches iOS9, iPad Split Screen, Smart Watch Features
Apple’s World Wide Developer Conference (WWDC) took place this week. As expected, Apple revealed iOS 9, plus updates to the Apple Watch SDK. It’s apparent that the company is gunning for Google with contextual enhancements to Siri much like Google Now. The exception here is that Apple made a point to trump how they protect your privacy instead of mining data to support an ad model like Google does. To keep things interesting in the iPad vs. Microsoft Surface battle, Apple announced that split screens will now be supported. In addition to your typical developer and consumer-centric announcements, Apple has also added some interesting enterprise mobility features.
► Enterprise mobility slowed by security concerns
Another mobile-centric event took place this week, courtesy of MobileIron. The top challenge faced by companies when enabling mobile is always security. Sometimes the risks of mobile are too great and can derail plans, and so MobileIron offers a number of security features within their EMM suite. On the other side of the coin, user privacy, there are utilities that empower users to understand what administrators can see on their devices.
► Why the enterprise mobile investment is about much more than just the device
When it comes to mobility, IT has their hands full. It’s not simply a matter of settling on device types that appeal to users, but also what the end user experience is you’re aiming for and how best to grant access to internal resources. As always, obtaining feedback from a diverse group of people within an organization is a great start.
► 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client Data
When it comes to BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), how can companies best protect their data? It’s very common for end users to download non-business apps and conduct non-business activities on company-issued phones, and when users are able to use their own personal devices for business it can make things even worse. What seems to work, however, is educating end users on phishing scams, how best to secure their devices, and what the consequences may be (like remote wipe) should they lose their phone.
► Exec claims Android will “eclipse” iOS in the enterprise: Is it the right call?
With recent enhancements to enterprise features in the Android platform, does this mean that Android phones will become more popular for business use than iOS? It’s hard to say, but Android for Work is a promising addition and the constantly shifting enterprise mobile marketplace may eventually favor Android.