Will The iPhone 4S Change The Enterprise?
Notice how I didn't end that title with "change the enterprise game"? Not a fan of "gamechanger". Not saying "gamechanger" is the new gamechanger.
But let's get serious here, folks. Apple is set to reveal plans for their iOS 5 software in a few weeks which will include details regarding their iCloud suite of cloud services. Is it possible that this could turn the enterprise field on its head?
I started using an iPhone for work email way back in 2008. It was a different era back then. People were still using Windows Mobile. Those same people were using a stylus to type and thought that I was a witch for laughing at them. I was nearly burned at the Frappuccino machnine, er, stake.
Time change, though, and now non-iPhone users are the ones being chuckled at. But there is still hesitation in the enterprise field with iPhones and now iPads. IT Managers are hesistant to use "Apps" in order to access data. They would much rather RDP into a terminal and call it a day. Sure, you can remote int from an iPad, but still folks aren't happy.
I know several people that aren't pleased with the email client on iOS, still. I don't like it mainly because it makes it easy for me to read emails. I hate email. Almost as much as talking on the phone.
I think the real talking point will be the iCloud services. While it may not be the secure unicorn IT Managers are hoping for, the amount of built-in system issues this could solve will definately turn heads. Who wants to so sync phones to an actual computer, anway? Not this guy. And certainly not enterprise users.