I’m sure by now you’ve seen the keynote and read the articles on the big OS and platform announcements. Some of you may have even caught the session videos. But most of that coverage focused on consumer-facing benefits. Here at the Propelics blog, we’re going to look at some of the WWDC16 enterprise takeaways.
Big picture: the enhancements were about refinement, not revelation. In many ways this is very Apple—improve the user experience and remove friction. Some bemoaned the fact not much was groundbreaking or disruptive and took it as further proof Apple has lost its innovation mojo in this post-Steve Jobs phase or that the era of smartphone innovation has passed.
Personally, I’m not buying it.
Thankfully, something less than breakneck innovation in mobility is great for the enterprise. Sometime in the last decade, large enterprises ceded leadership regarding the adoption of the latest and greatest technologies to consumers. As opposed to displaying mobile leadership, Enterprises have been dragged into mobile by employees and the BYOD movement.
Outside of email, contacts and calendaring, the use of mobile in the enterprise is still disappointingly limited. And it’s not just about the number of apps delivered or business processes reimagined. Recent research from Jack Gold shows that outside of device asset management and secure email and browsing, enterprises are hardly using the EMM suites they paid so much for.
Given that we still have so far to go, it’s probably good if the pace of innovation from Apple and Google slows down. Let’s start utilizing the full potential what we already have at our disposal and look at Apple’s new enhancements as ways to do it even better.
That said, let’s now look at my 7 key takeaways for the enterprise from this years’ WWDC:
Certainly, additional announcements from this years’ WWDC impact the enterprise. If I missed any additional WWDC16 enterprise takeaways you hold dear or have any questions about the topics I covered here, please let me know via email or hit me up on Twitter.
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