US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ditching BlackBerry in favor of iPhone and iPad

Blackberry vs iPhone

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will soon be ditching their BlackBerrys in favor of iPhones and iPads. We've seen several examples recently of large enterprises, even major multinationals like Halliiburton, going all-in on iOS, and it's interesting to see the other half of BlackBerry's traditional base, government, do likewise.

According to Joseph F. Klimavicz, NOAA Chief Information Officer and Director for High Performance Computing and Communications, they will support the iPhone 4 and iPad 2 running iOS 5 and above.

Going forward employees will no longer be supplied with BlackBerrys but iPhones and iPads instead, though it's not specified when employees would the change over would begin.

Good enough used to be a mantra for both government and enterprise, and it used to mean user experience. Sure, the software wasn't the best, but it was good enough, cheap enough, and ubiquitous enough that no one would ever get fired for buying more of it. But that's begun to change, and Apple, with very little in the way of a business sales force, seems to be instigating that change.

I remember a few years back when I was working in a corporate environment that supplied BlackBerry, we weren't allowed to use our iPhones even if we purchased them ourselves. RIM had a stronghold when it came to corporate clients. Now those same companies are looking for alternatives, testing iOS and Android and more often than not choosing iPhones and iPads.

In part because iOS is a more unified platform than Android, which means Exchange services and general device support are more predictable. While not as secure as BlackBerry, iOS is increasingly becoming secure enough for many aspects of enterprise and government.

Predictability and security are still big for government and enterprise.

Windows Phone and BlackBerry 10 devices will certainly have something to say about that in the future, but with almost all of the Fortune 500 companies already testing or deploying iOS devices in one manner or another, momentum is certainly in Apple's favor right now.

When you look around the desks and conference tables at your place of business, what devices are you seeing most often?

Source: The Loop

Allyson Kazmucha

Senior editor for iMore. I can take apart an iPhone in less than 6 minutes. I also like coffee and Harry Potter more than anyone really should.

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US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ditching BlackBerry in favor of iPhone and iPad

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If NOAA is purchasing the iPhones and iPads (for any division other than its shipbuiling division) it might be violating U.S. federal procurement law (namely the Trade Agreements Act ("TAA")). As far as I know Apple does not make a TAA compliant version of the iPhone or iPad and it would be difilcult tomake an argument that only an iPhone and iPad meets NOAA's minimum needs, thus allowing it to accept non-TAA compliant iPhones and iPads.

what is the background you have on your iPhone in that picture? i like it, is it one of the stock images? like the blackboard?
thanks