12 Thoughts on Apple, iOS and Mobile in the Enterprise

June 9, 2015 John Gorup

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There’s so much to say about Apple’s future in the enterprise, it’s hard to know where to begin. Since its inception, Apple has been focused on the consumer. They’ve done so well there that they have been easing into the enterprise without even trying. But Apple’s casual relationship with the business world is now starting to get serious. Here are twelve thoughts on Apple in the enterprise:

  1. Apple rolled out the Swift programming language last summer. Since then, Apple has been making it easy for developers to learn it. For just $2.99 you can even get 200 Swift tutorials on your iPhone with Swifty. Also, on Appirio’s crowdsourcing platform, Topcoder, developers can learn Swift and start competing to win money.
  2. For a lot of reasons, the Swift programming language has seen an unprecedented growth in popularity.
  3. HomeKit is a new iOS 8 framework that allows developers to build apps that communicate with and control connected products. Think about this and get creative. The possibilities are amazing, and more attainable than you think.
  4. Touch ID is a fingerprint recognition feature currently available on the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 6. According to Jonny Evans, Computerworld’s “Appleholic,” Touch ID can be used as a digital signature for contracts and other documents. Even banks like UK’s NatWest and RBS are using Touch ID to let their client access their bank accounts online.
  5. Like every computing device since the dawn of time, Apple products are good at math. But one free app that is incredibly useful for sales people doing math is the Percentage Calculator.
  6. For an extra layer of security, Appirio mobile users access our cloud applications using Okta. With Okta, a single enterprise credential controls everything. When the employee leaves the company, for example, she can be locked out of all corporate applications. Also, Okta’s mobile identity management solution can be integrated to an Active Directory/LDAP or HR management system.
  7. There’s no sense in going through the work of development before testing out designs on your users. One way to spin up prototypes for Apple devices in an enterprise is by using Appirio’s own AppXpress. It combines Appirio’s experience in the enterprise with the power of the largest crowd of Swift developers to crank out innovative apps.
  8. If your company likes to be a responsible corporate citizen, then it’s good to know that Apple is kind to the Earth. Enterprise Irregulars notes that, “For its data centers, which host Apple’s iCloud, App Store, and iTunes content, Apple uses 100% locally generated, renewable energy.”
  9. Any company with a DUNS number can join the iOS Developer Enterprise Program for just $299 a year. This program gives companies the tools to distribute and test in-house applications, and offers some code-level tech support.
  10. IBM recently released a few vertical solutions for the iPad, including three beautiful apps for the retail industry called Sales Assist, Pick & Pack, and Dynamic Buy. Check these out, and imagine what iPad apps could set your business apart from the competition.
  11. As you have probably seen, when the Apple Watch was released, the only enterprise app shown was Salesforce. With Saleforce’s innovation and penetration in the CRM market, it will be fun to see this relationship evolve.
  12. Salesforce Wave, the Analytics Cloud, currently only runs on iOS. And it is beautiful. You can check out a fully usable Salesforce Wave demo of it here.

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