Enterprise OS Thoughts

11 days ago in Opinion by Wardy Miller | No Comments

microsoft_appleIt has been a while since the WWDC keynote, and I have been mulling over this post. Let’s start with Yosemite. While Yosemite looks amazing, Apple is trying to get into the Enterprise space, and while the new OS is great-looking, enterprises want stability. Wouldn’t it make more sense to go back to the old model of creating a great OS, then when you come up with a new feature, bolt that onto the existing OS, That model worked for some time in both Windows and OS X. Then any new features were added through point upgrades or Service Packs in the Windows world.
In my opinion, enterprises would be well served using this method. It would give larger businesses time to roll out the OS, and would only have to roll out out updates that could be delivered via SUS or Remote Desktop. This is where both camps are ignoring enterprises and just racing to release another OS. in the last 4 years Apple has released Lion, Mountain Lion, Mavericks, and now Yosemite. At the same time Microsoft released Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, and Windows 8.1. A large enterprise could NEVER match that rollout timeline for either platform. (On the iOS front they have had as many updates, but they are installed by the enduser, therefore won’t be part of this discussion.)I would suggest that since Yosemite is already in beta, it should be the last complete OS for a few years. Instead focusing on the “bolt-on” method. This will make Apple more nimble. Microsoft learned the hard way that tampering with the UI does nothing but anger your user base. That being said, XP was long in the tooth needing to be upgraded, but Vista was an attempted response to Apple’s Leopard release (which was a great OS by all accounts) and was considered half baked, rushed to market. A weak attempt to demonstrate they were as flexible as Apple. After that both companies went on a tear releasing OS after OS. Instead of settling on one OS and focus on making it awesome. ?For example with Yosemite, other than than the fonts and UI, the under the cover stuff could have been added to Mavericks, making the current OS better and much easier for enterprise IT departments to come up with a deployment strategy. ?I can’t understand how either company plans on functioning in the enterprise space, when the enterprise is becoming an afterthought to both companies.
That’s what I think. What do you think? Leave it in the comments.

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