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iPad Mini to have little impact on enterprise environments

Erik Eckel predicts that the iPad Mini will pose no particular disruptions to enterprise environments that already have policies and systems in place to accommodate full-size iPads, iPhones, and other mobile devices.

Enterprise technology administrators need not be worried about the new Apple iPad Mini. iPad competitors, though, that's another story. The device will certainly prove popular. Many analysts agree the new 7.9-inch computer will blow the smaller tablet market wide open. In addition to potentially cannibalizing PC sales, Apple's new iPad Mini immediately threatens the Amazon Kindle Fire HD and Google Nexus 7 product lines.

Systems already in place

Enterprise administrators likely won't see major impact on their networks, however. Regardless how many millions of units Apple sells, policies already in place regarding e-mail servers, bring-your-own-device, email and Internet usage, and mobile devices should accommodate all the iPad Mini users that request joining to corporate networks.

Enterprise infrastructures should be well equipped to support iPhones, larger iPads, Android-powered smartphones, and similar devices that leverage the same e-mail server configurations, firewall port settings, and personnel procedures that new iPad Minis will, too. The devices connect using the same existing technologies and operational practices.

Little terminal services impact

It's possible some users will request terminal services or other remote access for new iPad Minis. With a 7.9-inch display that supports a 1024x768 resolution, Apple's smaller tablet (compared to the full-size iPad with Retina Display that measures 9.7-inches diagonally and supports a 2048x1536 resolution) is 35 percent larger than a 7-inch tablet. The larger format provides significant screen real estate that will make navigating Web pages and cloud-based apps much easier than if Apple had introduced smaller 7-inch displays.

With integrated Wi-Fi connections and optional cellular data connectivity, users will find the smaller devices more portable than full-size iPads, too, but much bulkier than a smartphone that easily fits in a jacket pocket. Thus, organizations may receive some additional remote connectivity requests but it's unlikely those requests will prove overwhelming.

Minimal security repercussions

With proper security, Internet usage and mobile device policies, and procedures now well-honed within most enterprise environments, iPad Minis should prove to be covered by existing rules and processes implemented for smartphones, laptops and other mobile computing equipment. Little should need to change operationally to accommodate the new tablet computers, which should leverage remote wiping capacities using the same systems (OWA for users connecting using Microsoft Exchange, for example) in place for iPhones and full-size iPads. Passcode requirements, too, should still apply. IT departments just need to take time to ensure users connecting iPad Minis to the corporate network understand that the new tablets fall under the same jurisdiction and regulations as other mobile devices and are properly cataloged to ensure the organization continues to effectively track all equipment connected to its systems and resources.

About

Erik Eckel owns and operates two technology companies. As a managing partner with Louisville Geek, he works daily as an IT consultant to assist small businesses in overcoming technology challenges and maximizing IT investments. He is also president o...

7 comments
ahmedkabir
ahmedkabir

I heard a lot about yet to come iPad mini First i heard that coming on Oct26 now some where i saw the news for Nov 2 this year. This shouting makes the difference with the rivals such as Google and MS :) SAK ahmedkabir.tumblr.com

GAProgrammer
GAProgrammer

"Many analysts agree the new 7.9-inch computer will blow the smaller tablet market wide open" - yeah, cuz the Kindle Fire didn't have ANY impact, right? Apple (and the tech media) has missed the entire point of this market - a low priced alternative to $500+ 10" tablets with a bigger screen than a phone. The only people who are buying this are the already devoted Apple fans who have more money to burn. Also, "In addition to potentially cannibalizing PC sales" - again, REALLY? I have an iPad, the wife has a Kindle and Nook, but we both still have PCs. This "cannibalization" is just the latest buzzword for tech writers.

learn4ever
learn4ever

For people who don't want to pay for an iPad or can't afford one. I really can't think of another reason why there is a need for a device between the iPhone and iPad. It's a bit silly and makes Apple look reactionary... which is uncharacteristic and frankly a bit of a negative for their company profile. Whats next? An iPad midi that's 8.5"?

mckinnej
mckinnej

That's what Apple sounds like with this product. For once, they missed the ball on what consumers want, so they come out with their own small tablet. Whoopee. What really got me was how they bragged about how their small screen is bigger than the competition. Really? I think you missed the point Apple. The point of a small screen is to be, um, small.

DWFields
DWFields

Google announced the Nexus 7 long before it was available for sale and Microsoft certainly announced both Surface and Windows 8 (along with RT) months before the actual release date. How does the slight delay of the iPad mini make that much of a difference? This is like making mountains out of anthills.

DWFields
DWFields

But I do believe you're going to eat those words; that "Apple devotee" argument died more than 5 years ago when Apple sold more than a million original iPhones inside of three months and more than a million original iPads inside of one month. Apple only had some 700,000 "devotees" back in '97 after all--unless you want to claim those few are buying in excess of 100 each of every Apple mobile device every year. Hmmm?

DWFields
DWFields

After all, they've sold more than 50 million of the things over the course of 2 and a half years--more than all other tablets combined so far. On the other hand, it is very possible that the 'mini' will blow away all but the purpose-built media viewers like Nook and Kindle Fire; with the onset of Microsoft's Surface devices it looks like Android will become the niche OS instead.