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Should Your IT Department Support the IPhone

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Here is a post I found last week but didn’t get to it until this morning…this is a great post.  It is from cio.com – “Should Your IT Department Support the IPhone

When the iPhone was first launched in June 2007, it was generally panned by IT managers and systems administrators. It didn’t support any encryption of user data, could not have any enforced security policies and offered no way to remotely wipe data if it were lost or stolen. At the time, a lot of companies weren’t prepared to accept those security gaps. Perhaps more importantly, the iPhone didn’t yet support any third-party applications or interact with most office suites.

Another good point is budgets.  At my company many of the perks (cell phones, internet service at home and others) were cut out of the budget the last few years.  This meant IT geeks like myself would have to provide their own phone.  Many went for the iPhone.  Now we’re being asked to “plug in” on our own dime and our own time – but I say too, on my iPhone (or Android).  I’m not planning on giving up my smart phone for a blackberry – no thanks.

It will be itneresting to see how rumors of a new iPhone 4G and new models of Google’s Andriod will affect these interesting times for IT and support of personal equipment.

When the iPhone was first launched in June 2007, it was generally panned by IT managers and systems administrators. It didn’t support any encryption of user data, could not have any enforced security policies and offered no way to remotely wipe data if it were lost or stolen. At the time, a lot of companies weren’t prepared to accept those security gaps. Perhaps more importantly, the iPhone didn’t yet support any third-party applications or interact with most office suites.

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