Don't you need iTunes to back up corporate apps and data? No, Lindeman notes. The backup that iTunes makes on users' PCs does not include enterprise apps, nor any email, calendar, or other data provisioned by Exchange ActiveSync; that's all kept on the Exchange Server or the MDM server. That's great for security.
With a catch, Lindeman says -- iOS apps store data locally on the iPad or iPhone. If a device is wiped or its apps deleted, that local data is also gone. Syncing via iTunes saves that data -- but because enterprise apps aren't synced via iTunes, their data is not stored. The solution, Lindeman says, is to have your enterprise apps transmit their data to your servers periodically. Thus, you can let employees sync their iOS devices to iTunes at home without worry that your corproate data is being copied over as well.
Most organizations today don't have to worry about iTunes conflicts for devices in the new era of smartphones used for both business and personal purposes -- as long as you use Exchange or an MDM tool to provision corporate assets. But if you want to use the AirPlay features, your options are limited.
It will be interesting to see over time how iOS handles the notion of AirPlay access management in the corporate context and how its iTunes facilities change to handle dual-use deployments, especially as more of the syncing and provisioning happens wirelessly, not through dedicated PCs. Someone will have an app for that and the associated service.
This article, "How AirPlay and iTunes could enable the 'post-PC' office," was originally published at InfoWorld.com. Read more of Galen Gruman's Mobile Edge blog and follow the latest developments in mobile technology at InfoWorld.com. Follow Galen's mobile musings on Twitter at MobileGalen. For the latest business technology news, follow InfoWorld.com on Twitter.