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The release of iOS 9 offers much more than just new features for consumers. If you look carefully at the series of announcements that Apple has made over the last four months, it's clear that Apple aims to become the de-facto standard within corporate IT. It started with investor calls in April, grew with the news at WWDC back in June, and increased momentum, most recently, with the "Hey Siri" event in August. Why is iOS 9 significant for the enterprise?
Network security just got stronger in the face of advanced threats. If IT organisations grappled with data protection due to unrestricted file sharing or lack of per-app controls, iOS 9 just took a big chunk of complexity out. Through enterprise mobility management (EMM), IT can bypass the App Store and install public apps to devices without interrupting users' workflow. Unauthorised sharing of managed business data such as attachments from email accounts can be prevented from day one. Other new features — device restrictions, a six-digit passcode and a UDP-supporting per-app VPN that only routes the traffic of corporate apps including streaming and real-time ones — close several critical security gaps.
With iOS 9 device-based licensing, it takes fewer touches for a faster deployment today for the pro-BYOD organisation. With just a few clicks, thousands of devices in an EMM server can be configured with automated enrolment by IT which no longer requires personal Apple IDs from users to assign apps.
Life just got better for the mobile worker. New iOS 9 productivity features include Mail attachment markups that allow users to circle a typo, add a signature, or make other changes to a document right at the moment of sending it. New iPad multitasking features such as Slide Over, Split View, and Picture in Picture allow users on-the-go to accomplish many tasks that were once faster to do on a desktop.
iOS 9 offers far more than just a collection of new features. Combined with EMM, it delivers advanced capabilities to enhance enterprise security, simplify device and app management, and take employee productivity to a whole new level.
To support the new features of iOS 9 in your enterprise, prepare your IT organisation and employees for all the updates coming their way. Informing key stakeholders — including IT admins, security team members, developers, and end users — about what to expect, how to plan, and how they will benefit from iOS 9, will give you great head start.
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