Weekly Enterprise Mobility Wrap-Up: Sept 7-11
Apple Goes After Enterprises with iPad Pro
During Apple’s annual event when they introduced new devices, the company revealed the much anticipated larger iPad for business users. In what can only be seen as a direct competitor to the Microsoft Surface, the 12.9 inch device boasts both a keyboard and a stylus (both sold separately).
Microsoft Expands Surface Pro Options for the Enterprise
Not to be left out this week, Microsoft announced that they are partnering with Dell and HP, in an effort to deliver more Surfaces into the hands of workers. There are also a number of enterprise features being included in Windows 10, such as data security, which should appeal to IT.
BlackBerry Places $425M Bet on Mobile Security
In a continued effort to move away from enterprise mobile devices and more towards the software and security side of things, BlackBerry announced that they are acquiring MDM (mobile device management) vendor Good Dynamics. As the need for securing mobile apps and devices remains a challenge for IT, BlackBerry is attempting to stay relevant in a market already crowded with the likes of Citrix, MobileIron, and AirWatch.
In the Year Ahead, Enterprise Mobility Will Hinge on the Back End
It’s not just security that presents challenges when mobilizing your workplace: integrating back end systems in such a way that meaningful data is presented on mobile is a big hurdle to overcome for organizations. Like security, mobilizing back end systems should be a big priority for anyone wanting to move to mobile. Focusing on APIs and reducing complexities where possible, as well as evaluating whether a MBaaS (Mobile Backend as a Service) technology is right for your company are great approaches.
Android Can Dominate The Enterprise Mobility Game
Although Apple and Microsoft are dominating enterprise mobile news lately, Android has still made great strides in keeping pace with the other platforms. With the introduction of Android at Work, Google is showing a commitment to providing security and governance to their devices. Not only that, but Android is popular in BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) scenarios, keeping it a frontrunner in the workplace.