Thoughts on use of the Apple TV (2015) in the Enterprise
Something I spent a lot of time working on in the old days was the concept of an “Information Radiator” (IR). It was a TV (or 6) mounted in the common areas of the office with a MacMini connected to it. These Macs were then programmed to boot up directly into Chrome (full screen) and load the webpage for a KPI Dashboard service, like
Geckoboard or Domo. It’s a fun project and looked really nice around the office (especially impressive to visitors). However it wasn’t super easy (dealing with Apple scripting and notifications and etc) and it’s a bit time consuming. Most problematic was that having a half dozen machines (or more) that needed to be pulled down and updated periodically (which might break your tools).
So where does the Apple TV come in? It’d be awesome if one could replace the MacMini concept with, say a Geckoboard app on the Apple TV. The price alone would be a huge help, dropping from $500 a TV to $150 a TV. Beyond that the Apple TVs are less likely to fail (flash memory vs spinning disk on mac mini) and much easier to keep up to date (though it’s much less required).
What else could we use the Apple TV for in business? Well I presume the Enterprise app store will eventually make it to Apple TV, so then you’d have an entire fleet of private applications one could potentially install. Some random ideas I had:
- Streaming video from “All Hands” (town hall) meetings
- Pre-recorded training videos & classroom material
- Corporate “TV” channel
- Intranet like dashboards (think ‘whats for lunch today’ and ‘where do I go for x’)