“The iPhone is unique. While it offers numerous features, its origins as a consumer device still leave in place a number of challenges when adopting it in the enterprise.,” Ryan Faas reports for Computerworld.
“To its credit, Apple has dealt with a number of these issues, allowing the iPhone to be preconfigured for users, supporting secure networking and offering Exchange support — including Exchange security policy support and the ability to remotely wipe a lost or stolen phone,” Faas reports. “But there’s more Apple can do to meet corporate needs, from the perspective of both IT staffers and business users.”
Here are 10 things that Apple could — and should — offer to make the iPhone a killer business device:
1. Provide expanded configuration and restriction options for administrators
2. Provide a way to enforce the use of configuration profiles
3. Develop over-the-air deployment for profiles
4. Develop direct push options for platforms other than Exchange
5. Offer a unified in-box
6. Develop tools to create and edit Office documents
7. Allow file storage/management on the iPhone itself
8. Add copy and paste functionality
MacDailyNews Take: Good Jobs, Apple, will you please do #8 already?! We’re tired of hearing about it and we’re even more tired of not having it on our iPhones! If not, at least provide an adequate explanation as to why the iPhone can’t, for some reason, accommodate a simple Clipboard. That said, you can have our iPhones when you pry them out of our cold dead fingers.
9. Implement enterprise licensing for the App Store
10. Develop a mass deployment solution other than iTunes
Full article – recommended – here.