How Apple is taking augmented reality and machine learning beyond ‘big data’

By Anne D'Angelo

Augmented reality (AR) and machine learning (ML) technologies have been around for years, but until now their use has mostly been limited to processing massive volumes of cloud data for specialised industries and applications. For instance, AR applications have been used in military systems for years, and online retailers have always used some form of ML to better understand and influence buying decisions.

Now, with the release of iOS 11 and the new iPad Pro, Apple is making these...

By MobileIron, 25 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Why iOS 11 is a game changer for enterprise productivity

On Tuesday, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced the highly anticipated iPhone X, calling it "the biggest leap forward since the original iPhone." Apple also released the iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus, each a compelling new entry on their own. The new iPhones join the already robust portfolio of new products released in the last four months: the MacBook, Mac desktop, and iPad Pro. All of these products are enterprise-ready. However, unlike 10 years ago when BYO demand pushed Apple into the...

By MobileIron, 15 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Productivity, Tablet.

How WannaCry demonstrates the dangers of homogeneous, unpatched networks

Whenever history seemed to repeat itself, my Granny used to quip, “same song, different verse.” As the WannaCry (WNCRY) ransomware spread like wildfire in a dry forest, I heard the familiar refrain and discordant notes of previous worms: Blaster (2003), Welchia “Nachi” (2003), and Conflicker (2008). Each of these worms spread via well known flaws in Microsoft Windows for which patches were already available. Why then, after a decade and a half, are we still seeing worms spreading via...

By MobileIron, 18 May 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Microsoft.

How EMM can help with General Data Protection Regulation compliance

There is a major global trend in compliance towards codifying into the law the concept of reasonable, common sense security standards. Compliance is moving away from compliance on paper to compliance in practice. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which will go into effect in May 2018, will bring Europe under one comprehensive data security and privacy legal regime. GDPR applies to controllers in the European Union (EU), as well as those located outside the EU if the individual whose personal data...

By MobileIron, 31 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Why App Transport Security can’t get here soon enough

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What is completely transparent but protects you from prying eyes? Encryption, of course! “Completely transparent” may be a bit of an overstatement but, generally speaking, the way encryption operates is fairly painless for the average end user. However, with the January 1, 2017 deadline looming for requiring all App Store apps to utilize App Transport Security (a.k.a. ATS, Apple terminology for securing all app traffic using the TLS v1.2 protocol), encryption may get a...

By MobileIron, 23 December 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, Security.

Apple’s Q4 earnings: Keeping it real in the enterprise

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Everyone listening to Apple’s Q4 2016 earnings call was looking for insight on the company’s growth trajectory. What will be the big, new technology bets? Some of us listening think we have a least one clue.

iOS is the dominant enterprise mobility platform. According to the latest Mobile Security and Risk Review, Apple devices account for more than 80% of the business market share globally. A large enterprise app and services ecosystem is building up around iOS just...

By MobileIron, 02 November 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Why iOS 10 is the evolution of a complete enterprise platform

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iOS 10 showcases Apple’s commitment to improving every aspect of the device and app experience for enterprise customers.

Beyond just the feature updates, Apple has continued to expand its partner ecosystem so customers can access a broader pool of industry-leading apps and quickly deploy them on any iOS device. Apple has also added more usability features that creates a seamless experience between all types of Apple devices – from iOS to macOS, watchOS and TVOS.

A complete...

By MobileIron, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

The world has gone chatbot crazy – but what’s in it for B2B?

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In the past few weeks, the world has gone "chatbot" crazy with the announcement of new ‘ChatBot Shops’ and connectors on a near daily basis. What started with Facebook’s Messenger Bot Store, has already been in the works for quite some time with Google. Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft (with Cortana and

By MobileIron, 22 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Collaboration, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Productivity.

iOS 9.3 and EMM: Five new features that matter

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We are excited about new capabilities that Apple is introducing in iOS 9.3 to address organisational use cases; this may very well be the first time Apple has introduced this much new content in a point release. When you look at all the things Apple is doing with the Volume Purchase Program (VPP), the Device Enrollment Program (DEP), and the newest capabilities introduced in iOS 9.3, it is clear that Apple...

By MobileIron, 23 March 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS, MDM.

Why the European Court decision is not a blank cheque to snoop on employees

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The European Court of Human Rights recent decision in Bărbulescu v. Romania (application no. 61496/08) should not be read as giving employers carte blanche to snoop on employees’ private communications.  Rather, Bărbulescu should be construed as merely affirming that employers have a right to take reasonable and proportionate measures to verify that an employee is actually engaged in the professional activities for which he or she is...

By MobileIron, 21 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Employee Education, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Why mobility is moving faster than the CSO

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The future

Alice begins her workday staring at a white wall in order to get the best resolution with her smarteye. The smarteye contact lens projects light into her retinas having the best contrast with a colourless background. Reading midway through the morning news blogs, she receives a gentle tap from her outdated smartwatch. The tap indicates her IoT coffee maker received the trending brew formula from a cyber roaster and has completed its automated task.

She brings a 3D printed...

By MobileIron, 15 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Authentication, Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

Mobile threats: Every tool is a weapon if you hold it right

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A good friend of mine is fond of saying: “The first thing to do in any crisis is panic, but once you’ve got that out of the way you need to figure out what you’re going to do next.” That phrase has always resonated with me because, while alarmism might be our natural instinct, it’s usually not very helpful.

Mobile malware is perplexing because we can’t seem to collectively decide whether it warrants actual panic or is just a minor irritant. The

By MobileIron, 04 January 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Data Loss, Enterprise Mobility, Malware, Security.

Mobile security: Why you’re not getting fooled again

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By James Plouffe, Solution Architect, MobileIron

It’s hardly uncommon for security policies and tools to be perceived as draconian or invasive. The consensus is that— more often than not— they hinder rather than help the day-to-day efforts of most employees.

Looking at the way these tools have traditionally operated, it’s easy to be cynical: everyone can picture the seemingly endless prompts to update anti-virus signatures, the performance impact of scheduled...

By MobileIron, 16 October 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, Privacy, Security.

What iOS 9 means for your app management strategy

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By Ryan Faas

Apple’s iOS 9 became available last week and more than half of iOS users have already downloaded and installed it. I wrote recently about the overall significance of iOS 9 from an enterprise perspective. Here, I’m going to focus on what iOS 9 means for a mobile apps strategy.

The major change surrounding apps in iOS 9 is the ways in which they are licensed, deployed, and managed.

App procurement and licensing

Let’s start with app licensing. iOS 9 expands on the Apple’s Volume Purchase Program (VPP) and Managed Distribution models, both of which were user-centric.

VPP is a simple way to purchase apps on behalf of employees and then give them the ability to download the app. The employee becomes the...

By MobileIron, 25 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

The key features of iOS 9 which are significant for the enterprise

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By Ryan Faas

iOS 9 features a number of enhancements that are sure to please enterprise IT professionals as well as new capabilities that are likely to make users more productive on their iPhones and iPads.

Streamlined enterprise deployment

  • Apple has streamlined the iOS deployment process in a handful of significant ways in iOS 9. This impacts both the deployment and configuration of corporate liable devices as well as app deployment and management on both corporate liable and BYOD devices. These changes are significant for enterprise IT because they simplify and speed up the deployment as well...

By MobileIron, 14 September 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Driving the culture shift towards the successful IT department of 2020

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Over the past few weeks, I’ve spoken a lot about what the successful IT department of five years from now will look like and the core skills CIOs will need to to manage that IT department. Getting to that vision will require well planned leadership because it requires a culture shift within the IT department as much as a change in technology.

The biggest challenge is that IT needs to become a trusted advisor and service provider to every line...

By MobileIron, 06 August 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

The new core competencies that CIOs will need in 2020

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By Ryan Faas

Mobile and cloud are fundamentally reshaping enterprise computing. They have already changed the overall relationship between IT and the rest of an organisation. Shadow IT has become both a challenge and an immense opportunity for CIOs, but seizing that opportunity requires a shift in mindset. To be successful, CIOs and IT staff must work with lines of business as fully equal partners and trusted advisors.

Expectations of the ability to work with whatever tools best fit their needs, and the ability to shadow task by performing personal tasks at work and work tasks at home, and the privacy of personal information have become standard for workers.

MobileIron’s Generation Mobile or Gen M survey, released this spring,...

By MobileIron, 21 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

The enterprise information flow is changing, but the mission of the CIO is not

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There has been a lot of speculation about how the role of the CIO will change in a mobile first world. The impact of mobility and cloud services are changing the relationship between IT and the rest of an organisation. Executives, line of business managers, and individual employees can source their own technology solutions.

It’s easy for CIOs and IT leaders to see this as a terrifying prospect – and that’s completely understandable. There is a sense that this can lead to a loss of control or influence. That is certainly a cause for concern.

The reality, however, is that this doesn’t mean the sky is falling. On the contrary, this is a unique opportunity for...

By MobileIron, 04 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Putting the I back into CIO: It's all about information

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There is an ongoing debate in many companies about whether the revolution of BYO, mobile apps, and cloud services – all of which accelerate shadow IT – is lessening or increasing the scope of the CIO role. Some in the business and tech media have gone so far as to declare that the title might soon vanish from the business lexicon.

The arguments, both pro and con, assume that the CIO role must fundamentally change. This is true. There is disruption in end-user requirements, technology platforms, selection process, IT governance, and so on. 

These changes impact every facet of IT, including the CIO, but they rarely start with – or even acknowledge – two important questions. First, what is the mission of the CIO? Second, is that mission...

By MobileIron, 21 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: CIO, Enterprise Mobility.

Texas case on BYOD holds important lessons for employers and employees alike

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A recent Texas case we first reported on last year holds several simple but important lessons for implementing BYOD policies for employers and employees alike.

In Rajaee v Design Tech Homes et al., (Dist. Court, SD Texas, 2014), Saman Rajaee sued his employer, Design Tech Homes, for remote wiping personal data from his iPhone shortly after Rajaee gave notice of resignation. Rajaee cited violations of both federal and state law.

Although the case was dismissed in federal court, the state court claims are still pending...

Two key lessons for employers:

  • Implement an 

By MobileIron, 21 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Case Studies, MDM, Mobile.