Could iPhone 2.0 usher in new day for Macs in the enterprise?

“When Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced that the iPhone was ready for enterprise use, the announcement caused a stir that few of the world’s iconic businessmen could match. It seemed that everyone from rank-and-file worker-bees to CEOs wanted to get their corporate applications served up on the hot new device. Why? This was Apple — a synonym for awe-inspiring design and coolness, the antithesis to stodgy old corporate technology that burns the eyes red and freezes computers blue,” C.G. Lynch writes for InfoWorld.

“But some Apple-watchers and evangelist IT practitioners who use Macs for business think the announcement runs deeper than the iPhone itself in its importance. Some believe it could usher in the era of a more enterprise-friendly Apple,” Lynch writes.

“Such a paradigm shift, they argue, could serve as the final ingredient in the boiling cauldron being stirred by employees at the edge of organizations who have become dissatisfied with corporate technology and who have turned to innovative options in the consumer space to meet their needs,” Lynch writes.

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33 Comments

  1. iPhone 2.0 is the ‘Trojan Horse’ that is going to be used to infiltrate the corporate hierarchy from top to bottom. Think of it as the ‘Stealth Mac’. Its only a matter of time before the tipping point is achieved. . .

  2. I see it as more of a first step in changing the perception of enterprise to being more amenable to things that aren’t solely Microsoft based. They think they need all this Microsoft shit but they don’t, Apple give them this but then hook them in and gradually get them off the junk.

  3. Most companies are way too entrenched in the PC/Windows platform to change to Mac’s, especially when you consider the expensed associated with training people and purchasing new equipment. iPhone 2.0 is going to give the IT Nazi’s major headaches but as competitors come out with clones the iPhone mania will pass.

  4. No. Apple is releasing iPhone 2.0 and the SDK to distance itself from enterprise applications. In fact, SDK and enterprise Apple Web introduction page that has been up for over a month is a ruse design specifically to confuse hyper-intelligent web pundits.

    Just my $0.02

  5. This will turn the tide. You want to program for the iPhone? Guess what computer you need. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  6. “This will turn the tide. You want to program for the iPhone? Guess what computer you need.”

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    Windows developers alone are not gonna make a difference.. Even if say 50,000 Windows only developers went out and bought Macs at once with the intent to develop for iPhone, that is nothing compared to the 2 million or so Macs that Apple typically sells in a quarter..

  7. @Rich Apple person

    Companies that want to stay alive today need to find ways to cut costs and gain value from little things like their IT infrastructure. Those entrenched companies can stay the way they are and get left behind.
    And as for iphone clones……..your kidding…right?

  8. iPhone 2.0 will not open the floodgates to companies dumping Windows PCs and buying Macs. It will; however, open the eyes of many people who have not really looked at a Mac in a long time.

    It may also open the eyes of IT professionals – if Apple can show (and support!) how easy it is to have the iPhone do what IT and the actual users need, then they may become more open to Macs in the enterprise.

    There is still the problem of mixed environments, and dealing with proprietary software that runs only on Windows/DOS. Yes, Parallels/VMware help, but it’s still not as seamless as if the software was written for Mac OS X.

    And despite MDN and other’s claims that you don’t need Microsoft Office, the fact is that many organizations do need Office, and Pages simply does not translate everything from an Office doc correctly.

  9. Apple in the enterprise inevitable? Not even close.

    They don’t have the infrastructure or interest in supporting businesses, not the least of which is because businesses have zero interest in buying new hardware and new OS builds simply because they’re available. It doesn’t work that way when you’re dealing with hundreds or thousands of machines.

  10. pssst Another IT Guy…

    Yeah I think you are wrong…I think a lot of people are going to buy the iPhone and then tell the IT department to “make it so”….as far as desktops and laptops…I see it happening already….small granted but here and there it is happening.

  11. I have an iPhone, I “had a Treo, I have never owned a Blackberry. I am AMAZED at how easy the iPhone is to use. For shore b-Trips–1-3 days it is basically a laptop replacement. I never said that about my Treo, which compared to the iPhone just looks, feels and acts really …uh OLD! Enterprise “should” jump on the iPhone and eventually the Mac laptops and desktops…they just work better. If the IT department can’t figure it out well, fire them and hire somebody who can. It isn’t that tough.

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