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Doug's Mailbag: Enterprise Use of iPads

Readers react to suggestions on what needs to improve in Apple's tablet for enterprise use:

Really? These guys are complaining about all the downfalls of using these things in a corporate environment? They are consumer play toys. What do they expect? They were never meant for corporate environments. They were meant for Dick & Jane to play movies on and surf the Web.
-Anonymous

SAP uses iPhones and iPads in the enterprise, and offers customers mobile applications. Afaria centrally manages the devices and advertises enterprise apps to the device. It's self-service, but for the most part our people manage just fine. I spend a ton more time supporting Windows than supporting the iPad or iPhone.
-Deb

I agree that much needs to be done to further secure and 'corporatize' iOS devices. However, some folks are not aware of the solutions already offered by Apple, that at least partly, begin to corporatize their devices. Take a gander at Apple's enterprise page, which describes how enterprises can utilize their Configuration Utility to publish enterprise Apps OTA, punch VPN settings and certs, and otherwise manage mobile devices. Yes, Apple has much to do, but my point is that it is aware and working towards a more enterprise-ready approach.
-Reed

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Posted by Doug Barney on 01/09/2012 at 1:19 PM


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