“Apple and giant enterprise brand, Deloitte reached an enterprise partnership deal yesterday, another in a series of significant moves that reflect the strong leadership position of iOS in enterprise IT,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld.

“Apple under Tim Cook is dramatically extending its reach,” Evans writes. “When it comes to the enterprise, the company already has strong and fruitful alliances with IBM, Cisco, SAP, JAMF, and others. These are important partnerships with firms who have already built trust in enterprise IT.”

“The next generation of employees is independent, tech-savvy and want to work with the devices and platforms they are used to. They will work long hours in exchange for autonomy, won’t stay in a job they despise and will vote with their feet if they don’t get what they want,” Evans writes. “These new enterprise employees already choose Apple kit, and given the cost of staff recruitment, training and retention, it behooves enterprise IT to give these valuable people what they want.”

Much more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Apple means business™.

Again, IT doofuses, we told ya so — 10 days before Apple sold their first iPhone:

The IT guys are in for a rude awakening and the iPhone is only the beginning. They will have to accommodate the iPhone. Too many important employees will demand it and IT won’t be able to stem the tide. The fact is that business people will decide which device they want to carry and their businesses will adapt to it. Just as they did with “Microsoft-incompatible” Research In Motion’s Blackberry. Apple’s iPhone will be a success with business users whether the IT guy wants it or even whether AT&T and Apple tailor marketing to businesses or not.

Note to CEOs: Who runs the company, you or the IT guy? It’s your job to make the decisions and it’s the IT guy’s job to implement your decisions that relate to technology. Just as with Macs, you need to educate yourself instead of relying on someone with their own, possibly hidden, agendas to make extremely important technology decisions for your company. Most of you could be saving a LOT of money right now, but you aren’t because you’ve delegated an important part of your company’s decision-making to people who, frankly, in our experience, aren’t capable of making good, sound, strategic, long-term decisions. Most IT guys (and we know many) are not open-minded enough to be able to consider new, better, more efficient, more effective options that would benefit your company. In fact, most IT guys we’ve met will throw up road blocks and repeat myths until they’re blue in the face in order to avoid change. Especially change that might make their department less critical or smaller. Bottom line: most of you CEOs have given the IT guy way, way, way too much power. It’s time to take it back.MacDailyNews, June 19, 2007

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