Apple iPhone wins enterprise, is Microsoft relevant? – Computerworld Blogs

Fueled by the iPhone and iPad, Apple is in the enterprise — most recently becoming mobile device vendor of choice for one of Microsoft’s oldest enterprise allies, Lifetime Products.

via Apple iPhone wins enterprise, is Microsoft relevant? – Computerworld Blogs.

Another older link: Microsoft-centric shops using Apple for mobile. Microsoft v Apple for the enterprise mobile market will be a fascinating story for another couple of years, at least.

Tim Bajarin posted recently (again) about the prospect of Microsoft purchasing RIM.

I think he’s correct on most fronts: it seems like a natural fit and it probably won’t happen. However, I think Horace Dediu has persuaded me (Did Microsoft pay for the wrong Skype?) that despite the inherent advantages to both companies, such an acquisition would be less effective than Bajarin posits (also see Dediu’s Capital.bg | Nobody wants to buy RIM on this topic).

(I also wonder whether the centralized nature of RIM’s service offering has taken too many PR hits for Microsoft or anyone else to resuscitate the model.)

Another open question regarding Microsoft, Apple, et al in the enterprise: will there ever be another RIM or Microsoft in the enterprise space? Both carved out near-monopolies (RIM in mobile telephony/messaging, Microsoft in server software), and while Microsoft has managed to hang onto its hegemony, I’m inclined to think that in the mobile computing space at least there won’t be any one big winner. The consumer world is apparently happy with multiple standards, and I think the enterprise is (willingly or not) going to reflect that, both inside and among large companies.

 

Apple in the enterprise

The iPad has clearly made great strides with businesses of all sizes, but it’s useful to to recognize why Apple is not a great fit with the enterprise.

Predictability

It’s no secret that big companies like to know where their vendors are headed. When you’re dealing with tens of thousands of employees, technology transitions are painful and expensive.

Apple is neither predictable nor transparent, and has little compunction about pulling the rug out from under customers who are conservative about changes.

At the Fortune 200 firm where I spend a great deal of time consulting, every monitor has a VGA to DVI cable; every laptop is presumed to have a VGA port, despite the many superior digital options available for years. Apple has transitioned video out ports several times in just the past decade, and as far as I can tell has never manufactured a laptop with a VGA port. Floppy drives, optical drives, Firewire, USB, Thunderbolt…Apple has been a frequent trendsetter, both in embracing and abandoning technologies.

And good luck asking them what they’ll adopt or abandon next.

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Tech Trends and Disruptors to watch in 2012 | TechPinions

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.

via Tech Trends and Disruptors to watch in 2012 | TechPinions.

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.