At this rate, Apple will own the mobile enterprise

“Apple owns the mobile enterprise. That dominance means enterprise developers are building solutions that make iOS even more essential, including BroadSoft’s latest unified communications solution, UC-One,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld. “In a new twist, UC-One works with Apple’s iBeacon devices to enable more precise identification of an individual’s location within a work environment (office, conference or meeting room, for example), enabling employees to select the most efficient ways to communicate.”

“The iBeacon integration is interesting. You see, the implications of the ability to sense where employees are in a place of work go beyond simple messaging. They also replace existing systems that drive warehousing and other forms of mass deployed stock control,” Evans writes. “You can’t underestimate the potential for Apple’s wearables in conjunction with iBeacons and solutions such as those from BroadSoft to accelerate Apple’s place in the enterprise.”

“Good Technology’s Mobility Index report issued in August, puts new iOS device activations in the enterprise at 67 percent,” Evans writes. “Growing support for Apple solutions within overall enterprise IT strategy means the Apple-supporting ecosystem is also continuing to grow… Apple’s growing success puts the fate of other mobile platforms into question, particularly in mobile: ‘Companies need to seriously ask the question of how much extra expense it is worth to them to support other operating systems in addition to iOS,’ said Cortado CEO, Carsten Mkeleit last week.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

15 Comments

  1. Complacency still rules the mood in some quarters, much as far-flung outposts languished in their illusory security of Pax Romana, even as Rome itself was being sacked.

    1. The IT department where I work isn’t interested in deploying anything that doesn’t run Windows. It is very frustrating trying to swim against the current.

      An IT department that limits itself to Windows is more interested in making things easy for IT than they are in making things easy for the rest of the people in their companies.

      1. Does this include phones too? Blackberry has been the corporate phone of choice. MS has not done well in phones even before iPhone. Neither offer tables. A PC tablet is not a mobile tablet. I can see IT not doing Mac’s. But when it comes to phones it’s always been a different ball game.

        1. Yes, the Blackberry has been just about the only deviation recently at my workplace. Of course, Blackberry has always had a strong enterprise focus and only screwed up when they took their eyes off that ball to go after the iPhone market.

    2. Some might get by, but the majority will fade away and be replaced with modernization. The majority of students are using Macs and iPads. Businesses will need to shift soon or be put out to pasture do to lack of talent.

    1. To continue in the Grammar Police mode:

      bare |be(ə)r| adjective
      1 (of a person or part of the body) not clothed or covered: he was bare from the waist up | she padded in bare feet toward the door.
      • without the appropriate, usual, or natural covering: a clump of bare aspen trees | bare floorboards.
      • without the appropriate or usual contents: a bare cell with just a mattress.
      • unconcealed; without disguise: an ordeal that would lay bare a troubled family background.

  2. Hear-Hear DustyMac who wrote: “An IT department that limits itself to Windows is more interested in making things easy for IT than they are in making things easy for the rest of the people in their companies.”

    I remember being in IT in Higher Ed, when Gil Amilio was CO and Jobs had not yet returned. Things were looking bad (poor quality control from Apple, for starters), and IT departments across campus dropped Macs and JUMPED on DELL with Windows NT as ‘almost like the mac’ and far easier to configure (read: control).

    I am hopeful that both users in business and Higher Ed are getting to the point where the user (and not the IT department) “rules”.

    Thanks again DustyMac for making this succinct point.

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