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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  1. Yet another reminder of what a daily horror show it must be to labour at an “enterprise”. Makes me glad I work for a company instead, one that uses proper open standards instead of this wretched Exchange crapware.

  2. Like it or not Exchange controls like 60% of corporate email, Lotus Notes taking the next chunk (which there is no Iphone support yet) and then Groupwise and a handful of smaller products.

    Exchange installations are not going to just be replaced .. some of these systems have been installed for years and work as needed. With SEC/SoX etc not many other products meet the level of record keeping we are REQUIRED to provide and retain. Does Apple have a mail server platform I’m not aware of?

    Apple had no choice but to license the ActiveSync API, which is not even the FULL API, just a smaller subset that gets you the controls we know have. The other choice would be to license Blackberry Connect or Good which if I were Apple .. buy Good off Motorola .. they’d then be able to go head to head with what Blackberry does best – secure management of mobile devices. For now ActiveSync is basic and will get smaller companies to consider Iphone but enterprise need a heck of a lot more then enforce password / remote wipe.

    As much as MDN and readers would like to see Iphone be a “trojan horse” it’s a pipedream.

  3. ron,

    “Master Bates”

    I had a teacher who referred to me with that name once.
    Just once. So smile when ya say that mister.

    We have a fairly large Somali community in our state capital too. I just found out recently we have a local group from Rwanda. Well okay, but we won’t take the Irish.

    “Legal immigration to the U.S. increased from 250,000 in the 1930s, 2.5 million in the 1950s, 4.5 million in the 1970s, and 7.3 million in the 1980s to about 10 million in the 1990s.[11] Since 2000, legal immigrants to the United States number approximately 1,000,000 per year, of whom about 600,000 are Change of Status immigrants who already are in the U.S. Legal immigrants to the United States now are at their highest level ever at over 37,000,000 legal immigrants. Illegal immigration may be as high as 1,500,000 per year with a net of at least 700,000 illegal immigrants arriving each year to join the 12,000,000 to 20,000,000 that are already there.”

  4. ron,

    Geez I’m blind – I missed your post.

    Well a belated WELCOME RON !!! Hope you haven’t had second thoughts about that decision.

    Man, $10 back in the ’50s is like $10,000 in todays worthless money! Those were the good old days.

    Of course they would have been better if we’d had Macs. But then again, without the internet and Mac Daily News, what would it have mattered?

  5. ron,

    Uh oh. Well, there goes my foot-in-mouth disease again.
    Give my regards to your lovely and wonderful Irish bride and other family members.

    It’s great that you are well off and retired.
    Now about that conservative thing …

  6. @jamie,

    Just heard from Leo Laporte that one of the reasons for some of the crashes on the iphone may be related to downloads from the app store directly, bypassing iTunes. As in directly downloading to the iPhone without syncing.

    The thought is that stray code may be playing a role in crashing the device or partial downloads may also be reaping havoc.

    According to This Week In Tech, where I got the report, syncing the device and downloading from the App Store via iTunes seems to negate the problems found.

    Hope this helps.


  7. @ricka,

    Thanks for the tip, it does appear to be something to do with the App Store on the iPhone. I downloaded BeatMaker (amazing App, well recommended) from the App Store (iPhone) and it stalled when installing, a reboot produced a grey icon that would not delete, so I downloaded from iTunes, installed and it works perfectly.

    Saying that, I’ve just updated my iPhone to 2.0.1 and it seems to have fixed a lot of bugs… no crashes today and I’ve had lots of Apps running (stress testing my new OS).

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