I saw a title the other day: iOS 5 Gadgets: Fun Toys That Can Mess With Enterprise Security. It got me wondering: Is that how IT pros see iOS devices — as toys? Well, a new tool from OpenText could change that perception because it lets you run Unix on your iPad. Now we’re talking a serious device, right?
The tool, Exceed onDemand, lets IT pros (and others) access Unix applications inside the enterprise from an iPad in a safe and secure fashion. In other words, your iPad can act as Unix terminal. How great is that?
The technology is built on the Thin X protocol, which OpenText claims means, it ensure fast access on any connection. What’s more it lets you share your active sessions between your desktop and mobile devices without a fuss. For engineers or others running high-end Unix applications this could be a huge productivity boost enabling employees to quickly shift between devices, depending on their requirements.
What’s more, Exceed on Demand has a central administration tool that lets you set uniform governance and security policies across all devices.
But that’s not all Open Text has been up to in terms of enterprise productivity tools for the iPad. OpenText recently released Tempo. Think of this as an enterprise-class Dropbox or Google Drive. It provides a secure way to share documents across devices including desktops, laptops and mobile devices such as smart phones or tablets.
In addition, OpenText Travel Receipt Management for SAP Solutions supports mobile capture of receipts. For those of you who travel, that means you can use your iPad to capture your receipts and SAP manages them for you. No more envelopes full or receipts, just capture them on the fly. (I recently found a similar app for my iPhone and it’s going to change my life.)
Of course, OpenText isn’t alone in catering to IT on the iPad. Last year VMWare came out with an IT monitoring tool for keeping watch on host servers and any virtual machines associated with the host.
Over time as these devices become more popular, you’ll continue to see more and more ways to access enterprise software from the iPad and other tablet devices.
And perhaps at that point, they will no longer be considered toys to the the pros, but useful portable machines that let you get your work done without being tethered to your desk.
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