Let the App Migration start in the enterprise

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Apple, Inc. quotes “The iPhone is being used in 97% of Fortune 500, and the iPad is used in 98% of Fortune 500 and 93% of the Global 500 companies”.

What these numbers really mean? This means either employee bought their own devices (iPads, iPod Touch, iPhones) to connect to corporate network for checking emails or employee got their iPhone through corporate mobility programs or few brave companies deployed iPads for a specific use case.

What is their potential use? Mainly to use corporate emails, phone calls, imessages and other personal stuff.
While the devices are perfectly capable of handling many complex corporate applications that are in use as intranet applications or windows applications they are still restricted for several reasons until now. Even intranet sites are not mobile optimized to be viewed in iPhone or iPads. If you ask the question why, here are some obvious answers…

• We can’t manage iOS devices similar to how we manage windows laptops
• User experience is bad when they need to login through each App individually
• Data is not secured or encrypted on the device
• Secure connectivity to corporate network cannot be easily configured or managed
• App distribution is not easy – Users need to manually download the app and upgrade them
• Cost is high to develop enterprise Apps due to limited developers with Objective-C experience

At WWDC, Apple has clear response and answers for all these questions. With the introduction of new programming language “Swift”, opening up Touch ID and keychain to 3rd party Apps, App extensions, and B2B Apps they made adoption to enterprise easy and quick. There were several sessions focused on enterprise app development and deployment and dedicated resources to provide additional information. This will accelerate the migration of boring, non-intuitive windows applications and intranet sites to iOS Apps which will be secured, silently installed and managed by corporate programs.

Here are the details if you still think the questions are not answered…


Within the next few years this will change where new applications, functionality and use cases will be developed specifically for iOS devices once ROI (Return On Investement) can be justified through increase in employee productivity.

Stay tuned for more updates and feel free to add your comments…!

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Eddie_Fade's picture


Joined: Nov 14, 2013

iOS 7 had many of these answers too

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IMHO, Mobile devices should not be managed like Computers, many large enterprises realized that already and those are the smart brave ones that are deploying iOS devices and integrating them in their workflow.
Nonetheless, the Configurations and Restrictions in iOS 7 were quite decent and allow for automated setup much like Computers if not easier.

I think iOS 7 had many of these answers too, there was a lot done in terms of Enterprise features in iOS 7, including:
- Managing and Distributing apps
- Securing data in apps by encryption and Managed Open In feature
- It is quite easy to configure secure access to corporate networks (VPN, Per App VPN), Managed Apps.
- Maybe the new Managed Domains and Managed Books in iOS8 is what completed the solution.
- App distribution can be done remotely and Auto App update (for App store apps) was also introduced in iOS 7.

All in all, iOS 8 is an amazing update and all these productivity features represented in Continuity and Extensibility are useful for Enterprise as much as for the consumer.

I'm so excited to see what the developers will do with iOS8 capabilities , i think we're gonna have an exciting fall and winter.

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Arun Nedunchezian

Joined: Jun 4, 2014

Thanks for your comments

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Agree many features existed with iOS7 but there weren't complete. Hope the updates in iOS8 bridges the gap.


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