Gartner says OK to iPhone

Its more of an amber light rather than a green light, but Gartner has reversed its position on suitability of the iPhone for Enterprise use.

IPhone improvements OK, but not a sure thing

And the iPhone is sure to remain a consumer-oriented product, one that still includes iTunes, a feature that can’t be removed.

Still, the March 6 announcement that the iPod will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync means many of the reasons Gartner previously warned CIOs away from iPhone have been voided.

For instance, a remote wipe feature can now be used if the phone is lost or stolen and the phone can force changing, complex passwords. That’s a significant step forward for a device that previously had no security features to serve most businesses’ needs.

So for the time being, Dulaney and Gartner see the iPhone as safe to use in a limited capacity. Email and personal information manager functions used through Exchange should be safe. And Apple is telling analysts that the upcoming June release will have a comprehensive set of business-oriented email features like the ability to accept appointments.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 8:34 pm  Leave a Comment  

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