Apple: At the Vanguard of Change?


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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.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword
  • Executive Summary
    • Apple’s products and strategy are disruptive for IT
    • Accommodating Apple in the enterprise triggers three main changes
    • Use the reality of Apple’s presence in the enterprise to your advantage
  • Apple’s products and strategy are disruptive for IT
    • Apple is a reality CIOs cannot ignore
    • CIOs should use the advent of Apple to fuel fresh thinking
    • Which features of enterprise vendors does Apple lack, and how important are they?
  • Accommodating Apple in the Enterprise Triggers Three Main Changes
    • Introducing Apple triggers the enterprise to exploit user-driven IT, isolation architectures and “white-space” opportunities
    • Apple products usher in a new era of user-driven IT
    • Apple products spur increased use of isolation architectures
    • Apple products expose “white-space” opportunities
    • The benefits of introducing Apple apply more broadly and can persist in the enterprise, even if Apple does not
  • Use the Reality of Apple’s Presence in the Enterprise to Your Advantage
    • Understand where you fit into Apple’s world
    • Understand where Apple fits into your world
    • Accept the changing enterprise environment, and plan to adapt
    • Conclusion
  • Appendix: Case Studies
    • Cisco — Succeeding with user-driven support of Apple devices
    • Department of Police and Emergency Management Tasmania — Using Apple to relaunch an IT organization
    • ITV — Apple’s simpler mind-set inspires a new approach to IT
    • PharmCo — Holding users responsible for replacing their iPads
    • St. Johns River Water Management District — Apple helps balance the needs of users and IT
  • Further Reading
    • Gartner Executive Programs reports
    • Core research
    • Article
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