Slowly but surely, office technology discovers the benefits of Apple iOS
After years of relatively low adoption in the enterprise space, Apple iOS has gained a foothold as a trusted office technology. And it’s not stopping there: adoption of iOS is steadily on the rise in the business world as the company captures a larger share of a market it has sought to break into for years.
You could point to many reasons why Apple office solutions are gaining popularity right now. In my mind, the high-level answer is that the increasing consumerization of IT is the leading driver of that transition. With iOS, it comes down to ease of use and the functionality of its software and solutions that has helped Apple build a large base of business users.
All of those features wrap into the security of iOS. Security is a top consideration when enterprises choose an office platform, and given the way the platform has been built from the ground up, IT professionals often recognize that iOS is the right choice.
Understanding the opportunity
From a security perspective, the opportunities for iOS are obvious: you don’t need to bolt on any additional security. That has been a significant factor in how businesses have adopted iOS. The lack of security integration means companies are creating fewer seams in their technologies, which reduces the risk of security lapses.
The curated App Store is also a big benefit. Because Apple signs off on every app and the store itself is maintained and monitored by the company, it is inherently very secure and a great resource for finding business solutions. iOS is also a strong solution for contributing to data analysis, which is when mobility truly starts to make a big difference.
In terms of comfort, iOS is a comfortable and user-friendly choice. Between the security benefits, efficient business operations and great user experience, there are many opportunities to seize. I’ve even heard some experts make the comment that if your security team says they’re not going to implement iOS, you should find another security team.
Recommendations for an iOS transition
Like any project, a transition to iOS office technology requires strong planning and execution. When you adopt a platform, whether it’s BYOD, CYOD or corporate-owned, it’s all about getting that balance right and choosing the right set of tools.
Enterprises should focus on securing their operations and being able to identify the apps in the App Store that have a business use case. They then can move into custom apps that are really tailored toward the particular processes of any organization.
Ultimately, it’s about having a stable and solid platform. That’s another benefit of iOS: It’s very easy to keep up-to-date from a security perspective. Functionality can be transferred across the iOS platform — in this instance, it should be treated as a migration project.
In my years at Apple and now IBM, these migration projects are something with which I have a lot of experience. As the office role of iOS expands, it will become an experience other technology experts can relate to. However, amid this change, the ultimate goal remains the same: no matter what you do, keep striving to offer the best experience possible.