In 2010, Apple quietly became a key enterprise provider

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  1. *LTD* macrumors G4


    Feb 5, 2009

    In 2010, Apple quietly became a key enterprise provider
    Friday, December 31, 2010 - 02:34 PM EST

    "You won't find many businesses with a more complex, security-conscious environment than JPMorgan Chase," Bill Snyder reports for Computerworld. "So when the huge bank decided to deploy iPads in its investment-banking arm -- following similar moves by Crédit Suisse and Citigroup -- it was more than just a straw in the wind. Apple, long rooted in education, creative endeavors, and (more recently) consumer electronics, is now an enterprise company."

    "The most obvious trend driving the company's shift, of course, is its smashing success in consumer-oriented electronics," Snyder reports. "Because so many businesspeople use iPhones and now iPads, IT departments have been forced to accommodate them at work ...We've clearly reached a tipping point. The JPMorgan deployment, revealed by Bloomberg News in late November, is a major indicator of that shift... Other financial service giants moving toward deployment of Apple products include Morgan Stanley, Crédit Suisse Group, Citigroup, and Bank of America. At some of those companies, the iPad displaces the BlackBerry, the iconic device of frantic-fingered traders and bankers. Apple's gain is very much a loss for Research in Motion."

    "Enterprises have become more consumer-centric. Simplicity and elegance sell; complexity doesn't," says analyst Trip Chowdhry of Global Equities Research. At the same time, Apple is recognizing that playing in the commodity market for servers is a mistake, he says, adding that the decision to drop the Xserve, Apple's only rack-mountable server, was in line with that strategy.

    Snyder reports, "The shift goes well beyond financial services. Consider the experience of RehabCare, a publicly traded company that employs 19,000 workers and operates 35 acute care hospitals and rehab facilities... The company is developing critical iOS apps for some 8,000 iPod Touches, 700 iPhones, and 120 iPads. All tallied, three iOS apps will touch every facet of RehabCare's business, from improving patient care to winning new business."


    Sign of the times, folks. No one ever thought Apple would make it into the enterprise the way it did. Through the back door - or rather, the executive entrance. And not an Xserve to be seen.
  2. Stella, Jan 1, 2011
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    Stella macrumors G3


    Apr 21, 2003
    Personally, I know of quite a few companies who do not allow iPhones, iPads as official company devices, due to security.

    Apple does provide tools to remotely manage these devices to prevent employees from installing unauthorized applications.

    Additionally, another issue is, for several companies: They are prevented from writing propriety software for iPhones and iPads. Since they are less than 500 employees, it is a hassle to go the Ad Hoc distribution route, neither do they want to submit apps to the AppStore ( too much hassle - i.e., being forced to submit an app to Apple for approval to appStore for which only company employees will use).

    This leaves Blackberry to be the only sanctioned mobile device, which suits the needs very well. Saying that, they would like to switch, but at present, due to Apple's policies, the iOS route is just not viable.
  3. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  4. roadbloc, Jan 1, 2011
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    roadbloc macrumors G3


    Aug 24, 2009
    And in 2011 it was realised that Apple's iDevices are not actually 2011 ready, like any other device that keeps the time and date..

    Sorry, just my little joke. To be fair, I know nothing about this. Most businessy people I've seen have had blackberrys, but with the ditch of BBOS support, iPhones may be the next big thing. Saying that, I've never heard of Computer or Info world. Them articles could be utter fanboyish fud.

    Gonna be interesting to see what happens anyways.
  5. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    While I know a lot of people who enjoy their iDevice, as an IT person, I would be horrified to discover that it was being used on the network. MS/BB/HP might be a pain to configure, but at least you know it works, and when you have the time sensitive document due, your alarm will go off to remind you ;)
  6. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    They provide a lot of things at the device level (like everything listed in the document)- much more than Android devices provide. However, making "enterprise devices" is meaningless without enterprise-level support options, which Apple does not provide. This is the major reason Apple has not and will not make major inroads in the enterprise market.
  7. kdarling macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    First university coding class = 47 years ago
    Unfortunately, their setup still revolves around iTunes.

    Having to hook each and every device to an iTunes-equipped computer just to activate it, is a bit of a pain if you're planning on deploying hundreds or thousands.

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