What iOS 8 Means to the Enterprise
The release of iOS 8 not only introduces a comprehensive list of features to enable greater enterprise mobility, it also highlights the pervasive need for an agile mobility strategy and EMM platform. According to a March 2014 study conducted by the Ponemon Institute, 50 percent of IT professionals in financial services say their company has no mobile strategy(1). Without a strategic approach to mobility and an EMM provider, organizations lack control over data security, end-user privacy, and mobile technologies that support corporate productivity. As iOS 8 becomes widely adopted, it will impact other mobility trends such as the continued migration away from Blackberry. Enterprises will need to move quickly to address these challenges, so updating the mobile strategy should be a top priority in every IT organization.
To help IT departments understand how iOS 8 will impact their organizations, this white paper provides recommendations for three key management areas most affected by the new features: security, application development, and content publishing.
First, every IT organization must place end-user privacy and data security at the forefront of its mobile strategy. This is especially critical due to the highly sensitive and confidential company and personal information contained in many of the new apps in iOS 8. Selective management of apps and data, as well as protection and separation of personal and corporate data, are proven ways to secure confidential user information on either corporate- or employee-owned devices. Plus, these security approaches can reduce the enterprise’s exposure to legal action and fines resulting from privacy or compliance violations.
Second, iOS 8 introduces new application development frameworks that open up many possibilities for new enterprise apps. However, these capabilities also require updated mobile app development guidelines to ensure new apps don’t put corporate or personal data at risk. For example, iOS 8’s new extensibility APIs introduce interapp communication that wasn’t possible until now. To ensure that sensitive corporate data remains secure, IT should consider restricting how content can be shared between apps that use these APIs. Restrictions placed on managed and unmanaged apps can adequately containerize this feature without impacting the user experience. (Note: A managed app is one that is installed using iOS MDM protocols, which is usually done through an enterprise app store or by pushing the app to a device. An unmanaged app is one that the user installs independently through Apple’s App store.)
Third, new content lifecycle management capabilities are designed to help end users easily and instantly obtain content relevant to their interests without having to conduct exhaustive searches. In iOS 8, businesses can silently push and remove eBooks and PDF documents from the iBooks app using MDM tools — a process that closely mirrors the app lifecycle. While the new publishing features offer a powerful way to simplify content management, they also require a new approach to managing and using content on mobile devices that differs dramatically from content management in the PC era.
Please read the attached whitepaper.