1. Apple launched powerful enterprise mobility features in iOS 9 & Mac OS El Capitan.
In Apple’s big 2015 software updates, the force was strong for app management and traditional device management features. Read more about the full enterprise impact here.
2. Microsoft took a giant leap toward unifying endpoint management with Windows 10 and Office 365.
With Windows 10, IT admins can take advantage of the full management capabilities from the same console on all Windows devices regardless if they are mobile devices or PCs. And with dozens of updates, new features and applications added to the operating system, here’s a list of the top 10 things IT pros should know about the Windows 10 release.
3. IT geared up for s’more enterprise features with Android Marshmallow and Android for Work.
Google unwrapped several enterprise features in 2015 to improve management capabilities and privacy features for Android users. Read more about Android Marshmallow’s enterprise features here, and check out the Android for Work features/functions in this on-demand webinar.
4. Dell announced its intent to acquire EMC in what would be the biggest tech deal in history.
USA Today: “The combination of Dell and EMC will create the industry leader” in the $2 trillion information technology markets where they have complementary portfolio technologies and other resources, Dell said during the conference call. “This transaction also strengthens both companies in the increasingly competitive global marketplace.” Read Dell’s announcement here.
5. AirWatch 8, 8.1 and 8.2 transformed the business mobility game.
- “AirWatch 8 represents the company’s most significant platform upgrade since its acquisition by VMware exactly a year ago.” Read the whole ZDNet article here.
- “AirWatch 8.1 features support for additional operating systems, as well as changes to existing lifecycle management solutions and … integration capabilities.” Read The VAR Guy story here.
- “(AirWatch 8.2) release delivers unified endpoint management with advanced support for Windows 10, Mac OS X, Android, Samsung KNOX and more.” Read Noah Wasmer’s announcement here.
6. The Internet of Things (IoT) infiltrated the restaurant biz with the innovative Coca-Cola Freestyle.
“I never imagined that when I first started working at Coke almost 10 years ago that a fountain machine would be a mobile device that we managed remotely,” said Chris Dennis, global director of product management for Coca-Cola Freestyle.
7. The thin line between laptop and tablet got even thinner with the Microsoft Surface Book and iPad Pro releases.
As part of the 10 Mobile Innovations We’re Thankful For blog, 2015’s Surface Book announcement and the iPad Pro release brought us closer to finally answering the question: do I even need a laptop?
8. Big names took big steps to tackle mobile security.
With these disturbing statistics about mobile cyber security, big names in the security industry—Palo Alto Networks, Check Point, FireEye, Appthority, Lookout, AirWatch, Pradeo, Proofpoint, Skycure, Veracode and Zimperium—formed the AirWatch Mobile Security Alliance (MSA) to help businesses manage and secure their mobile device fleets. More details here.
9. VMware KO’d unproductive work email with Boxer acquisition.
VMware doubled down on mobile productivity with the acquisition of Boxer, Inc. “The combination of Boxer and AirWatch will create a world-class suite of services that will enable businesses to provide their employees with secure access to their email, content and apps.” Read the whole story here.
10. 2015 signaled the beginning of the open standards era for enterprise apps.
AirWatch, Box, Cisco, Oracle, Salesforce, SAP, Workday and over 30 other “who’s who” in technology committed to a universal set of standards that enterprise app developers and EMM vendors can use to integrate security and management features into apps. Learn more about the App Configuration for Enterprise (ACE) community here.
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