It’s take it or leave it — for now, anyway. That’s the impression Mac IT attendees got after testy Q and As in seminar after seminar at its event in San Francisco last week.
Mac IT is held in tandem with the big Macworld | iWorld 2012 show. I attended and received a similar impression: That Apple has so far no plans to share re plans for helping big enterprises figure security and remote wipe issues with diverse personal mobile devices.
I noticed it, too.
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Developers and IT folk I spoke to, anyway, were unsatisfied. They need a solution for rogue employees bringing their own devices and possibly compromising company secure data. This is a trend I’ve been calling BYOD in my pieces at CBS interactive and elsewhere: Bring Your Own Device.
And everybody is!
Speaking at his presentation, consultant Ben Greisler told attendees they “were not voiceless.” At the same time several speakers during Mac IT warned the crowd against ranting and, rather, not to push for a rapid fire Apple response to the BYOD challenge in IT. It urged them to go through official forums and to be constructive.
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Apple has yet to officially deny support of BYOD strategies that these enterprises are crying out so loud for. But those who attended — I’m included — really felt kind of an Apple brush-off. I am sure Apple has plans afoot for enterprise level hardware and software support – the market size is too huge not to — but it should at least say it’s still considering … and that’s there’s help along the way.
Would Apple really say take it or leave it forever to IT on the BYOD issue. No way.