Apple’s WWDC gifts for the enterprise

“Apple Watch and Apple Music dominated WWDC coverage this week,” Jonny Evans writes for Computerworld, “but the company had several announcements of interest to enterprise users, including gestures, pinned websites, and natural language search for OS X El Capitan.”

“Swift 2 as an open source programming language is a huge deal. Enterprise users will be able to use Swift to develop their solutions, and these will work well across Apple Watch, iPad, iPhone and Mac,” Evans writes. “And because it will become Open Source it will become better faster, some claim.”

“Apple’s focus on privacy, security and trust is of huge importance to enterprise users. Tell me one major enterprise that’s happy to have its location, email, documents or contact details analyzed and decoded by people they don’t know?” Evans writes. “Tell me one major enterprise that can exist without keeping some information in confidence, if only to stay in line with data protection law. Apple’s continued insistence on privacy and new features such as six-digit authentication will be welcome news to enterprise users.”

Much more, including many useful links, in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: It’s so heartening to see Apple really making headway into that last bastion of PC hell, the workplace. Having a Mac, iPhone, and/or iPad at work actually makes employees more productive since they’re not trying to escape the insipid dreck to which the IT drones have been subjecting workers to for decades.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Dan K.” for the heads up.]

10 Comments

  1. Rather than staging WW III to capture the Enterprise from MS, Apple is using guerrilla war tactics. First the iPhone takes over Enterprise from Blackberry. Then the iPad takes over Enterprise from netbooks. Then Apple laptops take over Enterprise from Windows laptops.

    All the while Apple is quietly improving stuff that Enterprise really likes, i.e., security. Then it enlists IBM to go around to big companies showing how they can improve productivity with Apple mobile devices.

    One day in the not too distant future, Apple’s logo will be on the majority of the machines in big companies. And they will do it without firing a shot. MS will be relegated to server rooms, hidden far away from users who actually need to get stuff done.

    Ah, the future looks bright.

  2. Enterprises don’t use iCloud. It is nice to have Apple providing lip service to privacy as far as individuals are concerned, but the enterprise manages its own privacy. Apple is a very long way from providing products and services that peak the interest of enterprise IT.

    People might be adopting Apple’s phones and tablets in the Enterprise, but this is done typically while IT brings in a 3rd party MDM tool.

    OS X server is the closest thing to an enterprise product that Apple offers and so far they haven’t done a terribly good job of documenting, supporting, and bringing it up to the quality an enterprise expects.

    The most widespread enterprise tool that Apple has is the redheaded step child, FileMaker. While the FileMaker people do an admirable job of making it the database of choice for small to medium sized enterprise, it doesn’t seem to get any love or direct mention from Apple themselves.

    Maybe someday Apple will have iCloud Enterprise, which will be expensive, but will geared toward providing services to a business with deep management capabilities.

    One iCloud account for the enterprise, with multiple user accounts associated with it and managed by IT. Pages, Numbers, and Keynote as services. Dropbox competitive storage services. Device tracking and management. Domain hosting and email. Network security assessment.

    Maybe iCloud hosted FileMaker databases of unlimited size, you just pay per user or something. Be sweet to develop databases, deploy on iCloud, manage access from there. And, not only could you use the FileMaker client, but you could access with Swift, PHP, and Python and deploy via web based interface.

    How about an Airport PRO that actually had enterprise based features including web based management, pro-level firewall, and so on.

    Right now everything about Apple says home user except OS X itself.

    1. Thank you for actually speaking truth instead of Apple fanboy spewed rhetoric without a shred of enterprise experience. Apple has done a poor job AT BEST to make inroads into the enterprise. You might call it PC hell but MS has given the enterprise tools to get things done in their enterprise, manage their network, protect their users, and give users features that help them with their job. Don’t get me wrong, Apple is king of the hill for consumer products but business or enterprise? Not even close. Case in point, enterprises that even allow Mac’s to be pervasive in their environment still use tools made by 3rd party to actually manage security policies and enterprise level communications and collaboration features for those Mac’s chief of which being MS. Apple should take business seriously and provide tools for their own products… The fact that MS provides better management tools than Apple for Apples own computers says a lot.

      1. Yep, you’re both right. I have been an Apple/Mac guy since 1985. I manage 1000’s of Macs globally in real enterprises. Apple is not enterprise friendly, sans the better than Wintel security and hardware even the Apple haters love – even if our execs run Windows inside of Boot Camp. The last straw for many – and I’m close was the XSAN/Xserve abandonment. They killed us. So when someone – or some website says Apple is enterprise friendly, I just LMAO! at them reading press releases and sucking it up.
        I’d love nothing more than this to happen, but I’ve been bitted more than one time…

    2. Perhaps Apple could enable enterprises to set up their own instant intones of iCloud on their own servers for their linked iOS and Mac products?

      Or Apple could offer isolated iCloud servers dedicated to specific companies and provide corporate IT with greater control?

      Hopefully, IBM will assist Apple in becoming a more capable corporate partner.

  3. And of course… a reliable IMAP email implementation, one that Federighi promised two years ago with Cook standing behind him on stage, might actually help.

  4. Security…… Apple. NOPE. How about Bonjour? How about hiring 10 top level hackers and fuzz OS X for 3 months straight.
    and fix some vuls in OS X. What…at the cost of 2 million? Well worth the money. Then it may be ready for enterprise. OS X is a corporate pentesters dream OS. They know they are “in” in five minutes or less. Everything Apple has put up for security can be bypassed with ease. IE Gatekeeper and X Protect. OS X , “Security through situational obscurity.” It just has never been vetted by good hackers. When a low level hacker through some code at it in 2011 with a micro broad brush 600,000 Macs were infected. Equal to the worst PC outbreak per user base. OS X needs some code review before it hits enterprise. Any corporate pentester will tell you Windows is more secure then OS X. That is just a fact.

    And now we will get comments on my comments “just like’ the parent that can’t except their kid is a bully and will protect them and deny the facts. But that is from lack of knowledge, just like the bully’s parent. Why, because they are not with their kid 24/7. Yet they still think they know their kid so well, but they don’t.

    https://threatpost.com/bypassing-os-x-security-tools-is-trivial-researcher-says/112410

  5. The banners should have read, “Cupertino, start your photocopiers”. This “developers” conference was basically Tim Cook’s Apple trying to catch up. It is blatantly clear, Steve Job’s Apple is dead. Apple is now a ship without a rudder.

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