With the introduction of iOS the rule book of how to manage an operating system fundamentally changed. Some would say for the better others would furiously disagree. In any event a shift moment occurred and there is basically no turning back now.
For years I continually dealt with the push back from customers wanting to stop the OS update, to standardise on a particular release version, to effectively create a mobile standard operating environment (SOE) like they were familiar and comfortable with from platforms like BlackBerry and Microsoft’s Windows. My default reply was you can’t, you shouldn’t and you need to think outside of the ‘control’ box and start to understand the ‘manage’ box. You can ‘manage’ an iOS device but you can’t ‘control’ it was the start, middle and end of most conversations. Fast forward a few years and a half a dozen major forced iOS iterations and today we have more control, yes control, over what you can do with an iOS device from most leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms. Full device proxy, supervised mode, no Apple ID required, set the wall paper, organise apps into folders, schedule the OS update and more are now all available just to name a few. So while iOS is growing into adolescence and enjoying it’s time in the enterprise we are now seeing Microsoft the undisputed king of the traditional locked down SOE introduce their shift moment with Windows 10.
More closely resembling iOS than Windows 7 or earlier, Windows 10 appears to want and perhaps need to be managed rather than controlled due to the frequency of updates and supported by the introduction of secure boot and the underlying architecture being more aligned to containerised segments rather than a monolithic blob. Are the days of System Centre Configuration Manager (SCCM) and SOE builds requiring what seems like endless test and release cycles behind us? Have we come full circle and management over control will become the new norm? It appears all my recent conversations are now around how to manage Windows 10 via EMM rather than how to control it via SCCM and all my iOS conversations are around how to configure the advanced features to more tightly ‘control’ it.
Have you used the new ‘control’ features in iOS? Have you tried manage over control with Windows 10 yet? Leave a comment with your experiences.
Make up your mind already.