Apple In The Enterprise: How To Integrate The iPad Into Business

You Want iPad Advice? You Got It

As the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) phenomenon explodes, solution providers are increasingly fielding requests to help customers integrate tablet PCs, especially Apple iPads, into their businesses. While the opportunity is great for solution providers, a variety of security and functionality concerns arise when personal devices come into play in the enterprise.

CRN's Channel Voices blog looks at the growing BYOD trend and offers how-to advice for implementing iPad and other iOS technology into the daily business routine.

Know Your iOS User: One Size Of Security Solution Does Not Fit All

Beware of the one-size-fits-all solution. Customers implementing iPad and other tablet PCs in healthcare have different security needs than those in manufacturing, and a security solution at one enterprise may not fit at another. While employers know the BYOD crowd is hot to use tablets, security issues lurk. So can iPads work in the enterprise? Know your customers, and craft a solution according to their specific needs. Personal devices can wreak havoc in network security, facilitating data leaks and malware infections. Purnima Padmanabhan, COO of MokaFive, offers tips on securing the enterprise while still giving customers what they want.

Consider A Hybrid-Cloud Approach To Protect Mac Files

A hybrid-cloud approach to store files provides a range of serices locally for accessibility, security, control and integration. As different mobile computing devices enter the workplace -- from tablets such as iPads to iPhones -- the challenge of data management becomes greater. Solution providers are handling increasing volumes of data, and they are faced with helping customers figure out how to store it all. Mark Ross, director of client services at online services provider Dolly Drive, offers five ways to deal with the changing environment to protect Mac files in the enterprise.

Develop A Mobile Management Strategy ASAP

Your customers have iPhones and iPads pretty much running wild, and they have yet to develop a mobile management strategy. They need help, and they need it now. The concept of iOS in the enterprise is fairly new, and it begs the question: Can mobile Apple devices successfully integrate into the various corporate cultures of your customers' businesses? Solution providers need to ensure user satisfaction as well productivity in order to make the deployment of Apple devices into the enterprise a success. Kevin Hart, CEO of Tekserve, offers seven tips for a successful Apple device implementation.

Promote The iPad As A Valuable Meeting Tool

iPads are great for taking notes and gathering research and, therefore, are valuable meeting tools. Apple’s iOS mobile operating system provides a fast, seamless user experience — one of the many reasons for the success of iOS solutions in business — and can be easily shared around a conference table. To facilitate their needs, iPad users can choose from hundreds of thousands of apps in the App Store, and many of them are designed for the business customer. Don Mayer, Small Dog Electronics, shares insight into the various ways the iPad can help grow your business.

Use Apple Apps To Recruit At Your Own Business

By using Apple Apps to recruit at your own business, you are showing your customers you know how to reach, attract, identify and hire the best talent using the newest technology. Companies at the cutting-edge of recruiting are now using "on demand job interviews" as a method of connecting with and interviewing a diverse range of job candidates. David Bradford, HireVue's CEO, discusses how to recruit effectively using various Apple mobile devices, including iPads, iPhones and iPod Touches.

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