Why a (former) Apple hater thinks all BYOD devices should be iOS
heyjudeIBM 270003RG9D Comments (3) Visits (10317)
This week, I have a confession to make. I hate Apple…or at least, I used to.
I started my career as a hardware guy…selling PCs no less. So to me and anyone else selling Windows-based PCs, Apple was the evil empire. At that time, their OS was awesome, and their hardware was junk. Yet creative types and education customers would still buy their gear, even when our ThinkPads were way better products.
Fast forward a few years. Apple has come out with the iPod, iPhone and iPad, and essentially, reinvented itself into a consumer electronics and media company. An amazing one. I’m still not gaga about them. Here’s why:
So, why does someone, who obviously has no love for Apple, think they are the best platform for BYOD? Because Apple has embraced the enterprise. Plain and simple. They have provided great APIs for MDM vendors to leverage so we can help enable an incredibly secure platform for mobile computing. In my opinion, the best platform. Their data segregation between apps and the managed app capability are great for BYOD management. I know Blackberry fanboys will argue that, but bottom line, who wants to use a Blackberry? Their BB10 devices are cool, but there aren’t any apps. If Candy Crush and Fruit Ninja aren’t there, what good are they? And since those apps aren’t there, no one will buy them. And since no one buys them, no one develops for the platform. More on that in another blog.
And just wait till iOS 7 comes out. It gets even better!
In iOS 7, Apple adds some great new features to make a very secure platform even more secure:
These are just a few of the new features that enterprises should be excited about.
We intend to support iOS 7 the day it’s released. And when it is released, those Birk
But back to Apple. Their architecture and their commitment to the corporate space just works best for BYOD. I can easily configure an iOS device with the apps my employees need, and if an employees leaves or loses their device, I can just as easily remove the data and the apps to ensure my information is safe. It’s easier to manage, provides better native security, and provides a great user experience.
In case you’re wondering, no I do not have an iPhone. The devices in my bag are a first gen Nexus 7, a 2nd gen iPad, and an only-gen Droid Razer Maxx. And the one I use most often…my iPad, of course! That’s assuming my 7-year old son has left me any battery from his epic Clash of Clans battle.