By Andy Smith, VP Product Management, Bitzer Mobile
July 24, 2012
In this latest edition of Enterprise on the Run Blog, Andy provides an overview of six features of iOS 6 for enterprise users. Bitzer Mobile is excited to integrate some of these exciting features in its end-to end enterprise mobility solution to offer some new capabilities.
So we’ll talk about these six new things……
One very exciting: Global Proxy! This allows us to proxy a URL request from any other application. So if you’re in Safari or any other third party application and you want to proxy that through the Bitzer BMAX Gateway to your enterprise, it can take advantage of all the security, Kerberos authentication, and encryption that our Secure App Container solution provides.
“Lost Mode” is another exciting feature! Lost Mode allows you to send a phone number to your misplaced iPhone so anyone who finds it can tap on the number on the screen to call that number. However, that’s a little risky in corporate environments especially if there’s sensitive information on the phone. But, if you do have something like the Bitzer Mobile’s Secure App Container, you’re not worried about the sensitive, corporate information on the phone as it is separated from your personal information.
The next feature is 3G Facetime. Already, Skype allows you to do video chat over 3G, now Apple will allow you to do it too but be careful of your data plan usage.
Next one! One really, really, important feature is around Data Leakage Prevention (DLP). One of the ways IT manages DLP is through enforcing password-protected documents within organizations. Well, in the past one wouldn’t be able to open a password protected Microsoft Office document on an iOS platform but iOS 6 supports opening of MS Office documents that are password-protected to create a balance between DLP and accessibility.
Another new feature is Kiosk mode. This is especially important for retail or banking store-fronts on iPads etc. where one only wants a single in-house or e-commerce application running and need everything else locked down. iOS 6 offers this mode, much to the delight of our prospective retail and banking customers.
Last but not least, it’s important that there’s no additional fragmentation. All the devices that were supported in iOS 5, the iPad 2, the new iPad, all the way down to the iPhone 3GS are all still supported in iOS 6. So not leaving any devices behind. So all those, iOS 5 users will upgrade to iOS 6 making life easier for us app developers!!!
For more information on iOS 6, visit http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6
Image credits: http://www.apple.com/ios/ios6