iPad takes 96% of tablets, iPhone 53% of phones in Good mobile enterprise study

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology reported that iPad accounted for 96 percent of tablets and iPhone 53 percent of smartphones activated by the more than 2,000 companies using its services in the fourth quarter, giving iOS a 71 percent share of all mobile devices.

via iPad takes 96% of tablets, iPhone 53% of phones in Good mobile enterprise study.

Color me unsurprised.

That 53% iPhone number is certainly buoyed by bring-your-own-device policies. My guess is that the iPhone revolution will, in the end, result in far fewer corporate smartphones overall. Why should a company pay big bucks for hardware and data plans when they can let the employees foot most/all of that bill?

And I suspect that the only hope for Android smartphones to proliferate as either corporate or BYOD devices (for anything more sophisticated than email) will be the virtual containers being erected to protect corporate data from the rest of the phone.

There’s virtually no hope for Android tablets, at least until there are radical changes to the current market dynamics.

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Instead, the [alternative] to the iPad that is really on their radar is Windows 8 for tablets, especially the version done for Intel processors. What they want is the ability to run Windows apps as is on a tablet even though they may actually write their own custom programs for Windows 8 and its Metro UI as well. But this is sort of comfort blanket to them and this Windows 8 tablet has many, especially hard-core Windows shops, waiting to see how good Windows 8 will be when it debuts in Oct of 2012 before making a final decision on what device/platform they will integrate into their IT programs over the next 5 years.

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Tim Bajarin captures very well what I see for the next year. From discussions with other engineers at MobileIron’s M1 conference this fall, and inferences from sales data from the analysts (disregarding their often odd spin), it’s clear that Android tablets are a non-entity in the enterprise, even in bring your own device environments. RIM hasn’t been able to make any headway with its sales pitch, despite its (admittedly waning) control over the enterprise phone market.

The iPad will see another year of dominance in the tablet space, and well beyond 2012 in the consumer arena, but companies will be sorely tempted to go with the much “safer” Microsoft solution.  Expect to see more in future posts about why Apple is still an uncomfortable fit in the enterprise.