Despite consecutive quarters of declining iPad sales, Apple is trying to remain upbeat--banking on its recent enterprise mobility alliance with IBM. The first enterprise apps coming out of the alliance is set to launch next month, says Apple.
A full 40 percent of U.S. employees at large enterprises use personally owned devices at work, according to a survey of 4,300 U.S. adults conducted by Gartner.
With Google and Apple vowing to block any effort by the U.S. government to add backdoors in new mobile devices, the debate about mobile device security has escalated even more. For the enterprise, any opening into a device, even one deemed necessary by the government for law enforcement or national security, might lead to an exploitable flaw that could give up company data.
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Mobility is no longer a nice-to-have for enterprises; it is becoming integral to providing connectivity to employees.
Once the bane of IT organizations, cloud file sharing and storage company Dropbox is going after enterprise customers with a vengeance with its Dropbox for Business products, explains Alex Wettreich, head of strategic accounts with Dropbox.
Waste management firm Republic Services is considering implementing a 100 percent BYOD program for smarpthone and tablets by next year. Currently, the company provides corporate-liable devices to its employees.
Enterprises are being pushed into BYOD because of employee dissatisfaction with technology provided by IT at work.
VMware has announced that its AirWatch enterprise mobility management unit will partner with HP's enterprise unit to help better enable a mobile workforce.
Financial institutions generally are reluctant to implement a BYOD program because they operate in a highly regulated industry. First State Bank of Bedias in Texas decided to test the BYOD waters by offering corporate email access to personally owned devices.