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A "few thousand" iPads used by workers in the Magic Kingdom

posted May 12, 2011, 2:55 PM by Eric Lai   [ updated May 12, 2011, 2:57 PM ]
From "Disney employs a few thousand iPhones, about as many iPads, and a smattering of Blackberry phones.  That mostly includes the loose network of devices that employees have purchased on their own and been reimbursed for, as well as devices that employees have paid for but still use for work, Hull said. It’s a phenomenon some have dubbed the BYOD -- or bring your own device -- approach to enterprise mobility.  

At the same time, Disney has created a number of applications for those devices, like a directory of employees, and online libraries of some of their internal publications, all of which have to be downloaded manually off of the company’s intranet.

Right now, there’s no way to control the access those devices have to the company’s network once they have initial access, nor is there a way to make sure that employees are always using the latest versions of those Disney applications, he said. 

Additionally, there is no way to block network access if the user hasn’t kept up on the latest operating system release or bug patch from Apple, he said. “That’s definitely a concern for us,” he said.