Enterprise Polices for Personal Smartphones

History, as we’re often reminded, tends to repeat itself. PCs, notebooks, and other technology entered the corporate world through individuals intead of through IT and the procurement office. And, while personally owned cell phones are nothing new in the corporate environment, the increasing desire to connect personally owned smartphones to mail and document servers is relatively new. The Wall Street Journal describes how some companies are dealing with the good-news/bad-news reality of personally owned smartphones to the enterprise.

So You Want to Use Your iPhone for Work? Uh-oh.

One interesting side effect of applying enterprise policies to personal smartphones is that simply connecting your smartphone to, for example, a Microsoft Exchange Server causes its policies to be applied to your smartphone. I discussed and demonstrated how this work in an item posted earlier this year.

Exchange Server Policy Settings & Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android Smartphones