Apple Inc. (AAPL) Hiring To Increase Footprint In Enterprise Sector

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is moving into the enterprise sector. The consumer tech titan is looking to hedge its bets, or at least maximize growth potential, by convincing businesses of the utility of its devices. In the earnings call on Monday afternoon after the close, Apple CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer highlighted both the company’s current presence and the growth potential of the enterprise sector.

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Hiring To Increase Footprint In Enterprise Sector

“It’s clear that the enterprise area has huge potential, and we’re doing well from a percentage of companies that are using iPhone and iPad. It’s up to unbelievable numbers. The iPhone is used in 97% of the Fortune 500, and 91% of the Global 500, and iPad is used in 98% of the Fortune 500 and 93% of the Global 500.”

Cook added that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) had already “done a lot of the groundwork” by gradually adding new enterprise-friendly features into iOS.

Apple currently lists 115 enterprise-related jobs

Business Insider Australia decided to do a little sleuthing to find out if Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is really serious about enterprise. BIA reasoned that if they were truly committed to trying to expand their footprint as a business equipment provider, then the company would be hiring a lot of people with enterprise experience.

The results of the sleuthing paid off as it appears Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) really is hiring for enterprise. The iPhone titan currently has 115 job openings that include the word “enterprise.” The positions listed include enterprise development engineers, enterprise software engineers, enterprise sales staff and a number of others.

Enterprise demand developed from BYOD trend

You could almost say Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s foray into the enterprise sector was by accident. Employees at businesses of all sizes began bringing their iPhones and iPads to the workplace a number of years ago, and eventually started to convince their bosses to let them access the network with their personal devices.

According to Apple, the bring your own device (BYOD) revolution is entering Phase 2, and now IT managers at companies such as Cisco Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CSCO), American Airlines Group Inc (NASDAQ:AAL), British Airways plc (ADR) (OTCMKTS:BAIRY), Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND) and the National Football League are ordering iPhones ad iPads by the tens of thousands.

  • Mike.R.

    Macs are built on TOP of unix, yes, but unix has near 0% virus infection rates, whereas Macs have 2-6%. Not high, but that should go to tell you that OSX =/= unix.
    They are horrible at integrating and centralizing with server environments. They have terrible security features.
    But sure, I’ll go read a little more…just don’t expect what I read to be your Dr. Seuss in Computers book.

  • A Shannon

    Nothing you said about Apple, specifically Mac and Enterprise is true. The platforms are entirely customizable to a specific situation. Jeezus people, Macs are still computers. Still ones and zeros. Macs aren’t enterprise safe because of UNIX? Just read a little more, just a smudge more research will make your comments look less like the analyst’s comments, which are also usually waaaaay off.

  • Mike.R.

    It’s too bad that the author of this article doesn’t explain that those percentages from “fortune 500” and “global 500” companies could mean that 1 (yes, just one) person in the company has an iPhone or iPad. Not really all that hard to do, seeing as Apple has 10% of the global smartphone market: there has bound to be at least one in a big company. Further, many of those companies have tested and REJECTED Apple’s products, however, they remain owners of those Apple products, and thus Apple technically is right in including them in their counts (although for the wrong reasons, I guess).

    Mac products are absolutely terrible in a corporate environment, with lack of centralization and limited server-based functionality (to the clients). iPhones and iPads are a tech department’s nightmare when users start typing in password and/or storing other sensitive data on them, given the iDevices’ huge and repeated security issues. Many IT departments succomb to management pressure, though, when managers just love the Apple products and force their way, despite the downsides. We see it all the time.