Strategic Tech Slideshow: Apple's WWDC 12: Nine Things CIOs Should FearBy Don Reisinger | Posted 06-06-2012
Mountain Lion Lust
Apple has acknowledged that it will discuss Mac OS X Mountain Lion at WWDC. Although the OS promises improved security, employees who hear about it will want it on their computers ASAP. As you know all too well, you first need to determine if it's right for your organization before deploying it.
More Apps, More Problems
WWDC is usually a launching pad for a plethora of new applications from Apple and third-party developers. Keep a close eye on these: Some will deliver high-quality functionality and security, others may not.
iPhone 5 Fanatics
Some reports predict that Apple might be planning to unveil iPhone 5 at WWDC. This alone will keep your fanboys (and girls) pinned to the live webcasts and other WWDC coverage. Let's hope the latest iPhone delivers more IT-friendly features.
All About Consumers
There's nothing wrong with consumer-focused products, of course. This approach has enabled Apple products to penetrate the enterprise at alarming rates. Will it ever play nice with IT?
Nearly every news outlet will be holding a live blog to showcase all of the news coming out of Apple's event, not to mention streaming videos. Not only will this hurt employee productivity, it could strain your network with additional traffice. Be on the lookout.
Eye On Android
Next to Android devices, Apple's products are downright enterprise-friendly. But given the sheer number of Android devices available, it's outpacing Apple in mobile market penetration. If Apple tries to transition its business model to one that more directly competes against Android's open marketplace, this could spell bad news for CIOs.
Apple's computer operating system was recently hit by the Flashback Trojan, putting to rest the myth that its OS is inherently more secure than the PC. Apple says its new Mountain Lion OS will offer a Gatekeeper feature that will improve its security. But what if this doesn't live up to its promise?
Apple will likely unveil its iOS 6 mobile platform at WWDC. On one hand, the platform might offer enhancements that improve productivity. On the other hand, Apple might make some changes that could weaken iOS security.
If you're finally thinking seriously about bringing Macs to the office, the bad news is that Apple hasn't updated its Mac line in several months. Speculation abounds that a refresh is coming soon, but there's no guarantee.