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The Apple iPad and its competitors in the coming media tablet wave have captured the imagination of business leaders. This special report highlights Gartner's research and advice to customers on best practices for business uses of iPads and other media tablets.
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Gartner Analysts David Cearley and David Willis explain how the iPad, with its new tablet form factor, is bringing computing to new areas and a new class of users.
27 April 2012
This research provides CIOs with a set of guidelines and questions that can be used to help form or validate their mobile strategies. The emphasis is on evolving a first-generation strategy to one that is more aligned with current mobile technologies and trends.
21 September 2011
Architects are being asked to recommend technologies, strategies and architectures to deliver mobile applications and solutions. Here, we discuss how architects can support mobile initiatives and what architectural value can be added, given the immaturity of the domain.
26 June 2012
A mobility strategy should not be a freestanding document. This road map outlines steps for embedding mobility in an organization's strategies, work processes and policies, and for aligning investments with business goals.
2 August 2012
This Toolkit provides CIOs with a template presentation for proposing a new mobile technology initiative to board directors and senior executives.
1 December 2011
The success of iPhones and iPads, on top of long admiration for Macs, makes Apple a vendor to contend with. CIOs who balance passion for Apple with the needs of IT will reap surprising benefits and prepare the enterprise for the other consumer vendors that are sure to follow.
25 May 2011
A survey conducted at Gartner's various CIO forums shows that most CIOs are preparing for substantial mobile device diversity and, in some regions, are exploring new management models, such as "bring your own" IT.
14 September 2010
iPads are entering the enterprise mostly as companions to regular notebooks, but business applications are emerging for a variety of vertical applications, including sales, field service, healthcare, pharmaceuticals and business-to-consumer applications.
1 August 2011
As mass-market mobile devices and their apps flood the enterprise, CIOs must figure out how to exploit them in innovation and business value creation. This entails a delicate balance: controlling the devices and their data yet freeing employees to use them productively.
31 July 2012
This Hype Cycle examines how social technologies are being used in specific business functions and how certain industries apply social technologies. Use this report to understand the social hype within a business use context, and to guide realistic user expectations.
4 May 2011
The iPad, with its host of anticipated follow-on media tablets, has created exciting new opportunities in the enterprise. Can this new wave of technology fully supersede existing devices, or do traditional PC tablets still have the edge for enterprise applications?
21 November 2011
Apple's new iOS 5 enterprise features have now come to light. We have interviewed a number of Apple developers to fully understand these new features (and some that were not implemented), and provide our analysis.
15 September 2011
This document analyzes trends in the media tablet market and provides an overview of the major players. Mobile device, consumer electronics and PC manufacturers can use Gartner's insights to defend and grow their market presence.
20 June 2012
Windows 8 tablets can offer the IT organization enterprise manageability; however, the shift is likely to require additional investment in training, application porting and tool upgrades. End-user acceptance could also mitigate its value to the enterprise.
26 July 2011
"Bring your own" programs for mobile devices demand new support processes and a support organization with new skills.
30 June 2010
Mobile device management used to be characterized by a focus on supporting specific applications and services; however, a perspective based on four alternate management styles can provide a better framework for high-level planning.
3 August 2011
The many form factors, a range of OSs and myriad employee-purchased devices mean there's no longer just one corporate device. The standards process used to secure and protect endpoint devices no longer works. Gartner's enterprise architecture concept -- managed diversity -- brings order to the chaos.
17 May 2012
Although MDM features have commoditized with little differentiation, the platforms are expanding deeper into enterprise mobile software and document management support. Enterprises should look not just at a vendor's MDM technology but also at how well it can support enterprise mobile needs.
4 May 2011
The dual trends of consumerization and democratization are pressuring enterprises to consider how they should evolve their network, security, and application architectures to support mobile endpoint independence, or if they should at all. Unfortunately, thoughtful and defensible creation of endpoint independence policies is complex because many interdependent considerations exist. This guidance document provides a repeatable methodology that will guide enterprises through the process of considering the various interdependencies and creating endpoint independence policies.
16 December 2011
The appeal and practicality of Apple's tablet make it an increasingly popular endpoint for communicating with the external members of a board of directors, and internal executive audiences. A growing number of products enable convenient and secure sharing of critical data on iPads.
8 August 2012
Mobile device management offerings are expanding from traditional configurations, policy management, IT administration and reporting to deeper security with containerization, mobile application management and enterprise content management.
15 December 2010
IT organizations must contend with how to manage personal wireless devices that have two masters: the owner of the device and the owner of business applications and data. Four architectural approaches may be used separately or together to reduce risks.
15 December 2010
With increasing pressure to allow employee-owned devices such as iPhones and iPads into the business, we ask how secure Apple's new Data Protection is, and advise on securing corporate data on iOS devices.
17 April 2012
Endpoint protection platforms offer a diverse array of features. This guide lists the most advanced features to help buyers differentiate solutions.
23 August 2011
Mobile device management is an extension of PC configuration life cycle management tools; however, the market for combined PCLM and MDM capabilities remains immature. Assess your needs, and evaluate the overlaps and differences before looking at products.
3 May 2012
There are a variety of security approaches to securely enable the use of employee-owned or consumer-driven smartphones and tablets. Security programs need to match the use case to the best mixture of these tools.
1 May 2012
iPads and other tablets have sparked interest in mobile file sync solutions. Consumer-based solutions are popular, but it's hard to find a secure, easy-to-administer enterprise-grade solution. Research VP Guy Creese offers a set of evaluation criteria to aid in finding the right solution.
13 December 2010
In their rush to support iPads and media tablets, many organizations have overlooked Microsoft software licensing requirements. Correct licensing can save the organization money and keep it compliant.
18 October 2010
Supporting corporate applications on employee-owned mobile devices, such as iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad and Android-based products, presents a number of challenges. Organizations must choose the most appropriate approach to implement the required IT policies.
4 August 2011
This Toolkit provides detailed vendor evaluation forms to help companies make informed decisions when selecting, upgrading and replacing MDM investments. All examples are based on the survey and methodology in our Magic Quadrant for mobile device management software.
22 August 2011
We discuss the challenges, opportunities and differences developers must consider when designing applications and user experiences for tablets, in contrast to smartphones, netbooks and desktop computers.
6 June 2011
A sleek, well-stocked app store is a prerequisite for success in today's consumer mobile device market. IT leaders looking to replicate the app store experience for enterprise applications must first consider the impact to their application strategy.
23 February 2011
Twelve factors will drive the decision between native or mobile Web applications.
20 September 2010
Business opportunities and the demand for IT support of mobile applications have been increasing, and are set to significantly increase further through 2015, despite the global economic climate. Gartner provides an overview of more than 50 pieces of guidance on mobile applications.
10 April 2012
For many organizations, delivering a mobile application is a key initiative to seize upon the unique opportunities presented by mobile technology. Unfortunately, the diverse mobile platform ecosystem presents a myriad of development, delivery and management challenges. This guidance document presents a framework for delivering a custom-built mobile application to multiple platforms.
13 August 2012
This Reference Architecture template describes the four dimensions of mobile application architecture, the options for each dimension and the implications of each option.
3 July 2012
Organizations are struggling to decide which type of mobile application to deliver to their users. The decision often involves a trade-off between delivering a native experience that is rich and interactive or favoring portability that allows them to deliver a more cost-effective solution that targets multiple platforms. But other factors also influence the decision, such as manageability, discoverability, and maintainability.
26 April 2012
Mobile application development is a very important and strategic IT topic. In 2012, Gartner is making major updates to this research to reflect market convergence. We analyze platforms that allow enterprises to build, support and manage mobile applications for both customers and employees.
19 June 2012
Mobile application testing will become more complex, critical and expensive. Organizations won't find a tool to meet all their mobile testing needs, but can assemble a useful portfolio of tools to address many mobile testing challenges.