Win7 Smartphones Will Increase Pressure on IT

Holding off mission-critical access from gadgets gets harder.

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The other bit of good news, at least about handhelds' effect on security and compliance, a lot of healthcare companies are migrating to iPhone-based apps for doctors and nurses, even for HIPAA-regulated patient records. Clinicians walking around patient floors use them to read or write orders for tests, test results, symptoms and care reports. Some studies show  a higher rate of misdiagnosis and mis-prescribing of tests or medicine by doctors with handhelds, but that has to do with how the data are laid out, not problems with either the concept, use-case, hardware or security involved.

Back to the bad news -- those results and the debut of Windows 7 on phones will make it harder to argue that the iPhone and Android phones are alien operating systems that require a completely different skill set, management, security and auditing tools than PC-based operating systems.

It will also make it harder to argue that just putting in some Blackberry servers  and letting people get their email on the run is the same as having a mobile application strategy.

That's all true, but it's not going to help when users want to be able to use technology as smart at work as they do at home.

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