Apple iPhone Goes Enterprise!

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Irwin Lazar, Vice President & Service Director, Nemertes Research

March 6, 2008

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Apple just announced a slew of moves to make the iPhone "enterprise-friendly", the biggest among these is support for Microsoft's ActiveSync capabilities, which will allow iPhone users to sync mail/calendar/contacts with their Exchange servers.  It will also give Exchange admins the ability to wipe data from lost iPhones.  Apple also said they are moving to support Cisco's VPN protocol, and I'd expect IBM Lotus to offer Notes Traveler support for iPhone before long.  Previously, Avaya announced a version of one-X mobile for the iPhone.

I'm still not ready to accept the iPhone over a BlackBerry as an enterprise device (mostly due to the difficulty in typing on an iPhone), but this is going to open a whole new set of doors for iPhone users.  The wildcard is the network impact of iPhones syncing directly to Exchange servers versus the RIM model of a hosted gateway service.

About the Author(s)

Irwin Lazar

Vice President & Service Director, Nemertes Research

Irwin Lazar is the Vice President and Service Director at Nemertes Research, where he manages research operations, develops and manages research projects, conducts and analyzes primary research, and advises numerous enterprise and vendor clients. Irwin is responsible for benchmarking the adoption and use of emerging technologies in areas including VOIP, UC, video conferencing, social computing, collaboration, contact center and customer engagement.

A Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and sought-after speaker and author, Irwin is a blogger for No Jitter and frequent author for He is a frequent resource for the business and trade press and is regular speaker at events such as Enterprise Connect and Interop. Irwin's earlier background was in IP network architecture, design and engineering.

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