Gartenberg: Apple’s iPhone a Trojan horse for other Apple devices and services into the enterprise

“The new iPhone and iPod touch 2.0 software that comes installed on the 3G phone and is also available for the first-generation devices [means that] the iPhone is a now a bona fide software platform,” Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director for the personal technology and access and custom research groups at JupiterResearch, writes for Computerworld.

“One of the most important things that will make it much easier for Apple to get the iPhone into business users’ hands is support for Exchange. I had no problems syncing my Exchange data to the iPhone. A lot of folks are dependent on Exchange, so this new ability has made the iPhone a first-class corporate citizen,” Gartenberg writes.

“Apple also released tools to let IT managers remotely configure and control iPhones on their networks. In combination with Exchange syncing, that should allow Apple to make new inroads into the enterprise, with the iPhone acting as a Trojan horse for other Apple devices and services,” Gartenberg writes.

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31 Comments

  1. This is ironic since MS-DOS was the original trojan horse into the enterprise back in 1981, then Windows 3.1 in 1986 and later Windows 95. The enterprise IT guys ran around in panic as these insecure ‘toy’ PCs took over more than just terminal entry and our mainframe section reduced in personnel as the microcomputer section increased.

    Interesting to see history repeat itself twenty years later… But the reason for moving from terminals to PCs back then was more compelling than moving from PCs to Macs now. Maybe the iPhone, MultiTouch and the Cloud will become compelling enough.

  2. Did Microsoft decide to let Exchange be on the iPhone, or did they have no choice?

    I’d thought Microsoft say no to Exchange being on the iPhone, as it’s competition to Windows Mobile. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”ohh” style=”border:0;” />

  3. “But the reason for moving from terminals to PCs back then was more compelling than moving from PCs to Macs now.”
    Please. Back then PCs were buggy, slow, difficult to use and network. Now they’re buggy, difficult to use, and highly insecure. Good reasons to switch now and poor reasons to install them then.

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