“Apple’s interest in the enterprise hasn’t always been obvious,” Matt Kapko writes for CIO. “And though the company changed its ways to some extent during the past few years, it still prefers to let its devices and services act as its entryway into enterprise. ”

“Many IT leaders would like to see Apple focus more on the business market, but they also understand the company may never act like a traditional enterprise vendor,” Kapko writes. “Apple’s business partnerships with Cisco, IBM and SAP are well-publicized, but those deals are the exception and not the norm, according to a set of CIOs and IT leaders who spoke with CIO.com.”

Kapko writes, “‘Apple is garnering more respect and consideration given their penetration of the market and willingness to integrate with other competing technology companies,’ says Brian Kelley, CIO of Portage County Ohio, in the state’s northeast region. ‘The most important behind-the-scenes move Apple has made for the enterprise is definitely involving increased compatibility with Microsoft and other application developers.'”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Appel isn’t a “roadmap” company. Smart companies will have to learn to live with some element of surprise from Apple – and, in toto, they will profit from it.

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