Apple’s iPhone gaining in enterprise IT, but still needs beefier security and OTA management tools

Apple Sale“Its sleek design, elegant interface, and trove of mobile apps has made the iPhone one of the top smartphone choices for consumers. Corporate IT departments have been a different story, as Apple has done little to actively court the enterprise. While many admins are waiting for improved security and over-the-air management tools, the steady improvements Apple has made to the platform over the last couple years has made the iPhone a workable mobile solution for some corporate enterprises,” Chris Foresman reports for Ars Technica.

“Apple still needs to address some specific needs, though, before it can expect to make serious inroads in the corporate world. First, Apple needs to lock the bootloader to eliminate jailbreaking. Despite features like remote wiping and on-device encryption, these can be disabled as long as the iPhone can be jailbroken. Jailbreaking can also defeat any security policies put in place by IT staff,” Foresman writess. “Also, Apple needs to offer enterprise a tool to control and manage iPhone over-the-air.”

Foresman writes, “With improved security and remote, OTA management, the iPhone could become a first-class enterprise mobile device.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Edward W.” for the heads up.]

17 Comments

  1. Lettuce just hope the bean counters don’t squash the celery of those working on security, leaving eggplant ed on their faces as they burrow their pea sized heads from reality while leaving Apple in a pickle.

    Maybe they are hashing it out but garden the progress until the fruits of their labor can be produced.

    I hope this wasn’t so corny that it spoils the thread….

  2. The security is already good enough.

    IT guys are useless, productivity-killing dinosaurs that are in the way of today’s generation in the enterprise. They need to be kicked out of the way, bïtchslapped down.

  3. Last week, my organisation migrated to Lotus Notes 8.5.1. The significance is that it includes their ActiveSync component (The “Lotus Notes Traveler”). As soon as they completed migration, virtually ALL of our IT guys re-configured their iPhones (every single one of the guys has one) for access. So far, it seems to work well. The main kicker is, the CIO is asking (practically demanding) that his iPhone also be re-configured, so that he can ditch the standard-issue Blackberry. At present, we have some 50 Blackberries in the fleet. I suspect, six months from now, the Blackberry vs. iPhone score will be 0 – 50.

    It seems that Notes 8.5.1 has all the necessary functionality that we used to have with BB (mail, calendar, tasks, global address book), so we’re in business. Since we also have a few Java developers in the IT group, they are already salivating at the prospect of picking up iPhone SDK and developing custom apps for internal use.

    I’m sure most enterprises have stereotypically rigid IT folk, drenched in Windows-Blackberry toxic waste, but there ARE places where the attitude is refreshingly open.

  4. are not all phones able to be jailbroken?

    @predrag…lotus …oooff! my apologies. hopefully it is a whole lot better than previous versions, sooo sloooow and backwards. I had to suffer through that one at my old job.

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