More and more companies are providing mobile devices to their employees to help them save time and improve efficiency. As a result, employees need to know how to use iOS 11. Here’s how the latest version of iOS helps organizations and employees be more successful.
iOS in the Workplace
Not that long ago, Apple was an also-ran in the enterprise. Now, it’s the dominant mobile platform and is making inroads as a computing platform, with overall growth and adoption rates outpacing their competitors.
Apple’s route into the workplace was via disruptive innovation. The iPhone changed what “phone” means. The multi-function networked computer in your pocket sparked new types of innovation in many domains.
The iPhone and iPad targeted high-end consumers and people who appreciate excellence in industrial design, and that naturally pulled in many business users. But the key to Apple’s continuing enterprise success is the focus on robust security and simple unobtrusive device management, coupled with encouraging user empowerment to boost workflow transformation.
Making Life Easier with iOS 11
iOS 11 continues Apple’s focus on productivity and innovation in the workplace. On iPhone and iPad, iOS 11 opens new avenues to future innovations in the form of support for augmented reality (ARKit) and machine learning (CoreML, vision, and natural language processing).
Originally, the iPad was positioned as a content-consuming device rather than a platform for creators. But the simple tablet computer with network connectivity and a fingertip interface became a common element of many innovative business processes, showing up in retail, service industries, on the shop floor, and in the field.
With iOS 11, the iPad Pro is evolving into a device you can use instead of a PC for many tasks. Apple is relaxing their previous strictness about user experience continuity across all display sizes, from phone to tablet.
The new iPad interface is more Mac-like, while still very similar to the iPhone. Creators, designers, and developers will benefit from the enhanced on-screen dock, the Files application with broad cloud connectivity, the system-wide drag and drop, and the app switching and multitasking features.
Meanwhile, IT’s job of deploying, managing, and securing user computers and devices is eased by Apple’s work on Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM). Managing a PC is traditionally a heavy-weight task, but managing the iPad Pro – and the Apple TV in the conference-room or kiosk – use the same mechanisms as managing an iPhone. Enrollment, configuration, and management of devices, as well as the distribution and management of business apps, become more automated and streamlined tasks.
Because iOS devices tend to be more up-to-date in their patches and less frequently subverted, IT security tasks also become simpler. Rather than managing and maintaining existing infrastructure, IT team members can spend more time solving problems and enabling employees to do their jobs better — shaping the direction of the business.
Leveraging iOS for Innovation
Smartphones and tablets opened up enormous possibilities, mutating everyday activities, transforming society and politics, and creating new business models.
Companies are in various stages of adapting to this new reality and leveraging it, while some are still debating who may be allowed to use what devices and which legacy systems they’re permitted to talk to. In contrast, Apple promotes fully integrating mobile devices into a workplace of empowered employees and crowd-sourced innovation.
No question about it, employees need to learn how to best use the latest iOS features so as to find needed data and insights, collaborate, create, and work productively. Mobile technology also has the potential to transform business processes. Getting the right data and capabilities to employees at the needed moment means they can make smarter decisions and do their work better, resulting in improved time to market, productive engagement with suppliers and customers, and unexpected business opportunities.
Discovering opportunities to innovate occurs most readily when employees are empowered to be creative about improving how they do their work. That’s a culture change. Training employees how to use their new smartphone or tablet is only the beginning.
Organizations must welcome employee innovation, and actively seek out and implement improvements to legacy systems and workflows. In the new mobile world, employees and organizations that embrace the continued search for better ways of doing business will be the ones that thrive.
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