iOS beats Android in enterprise activations

Many big-name companies are switching to the iPhone, and though BlackBerry is the biggest competition in the enterprise arena, iOS is doing a great job of cutting Android out of the picture. According to the latest data from Good Technology,  the iPhone 4S was just as popular new device among businesses as it was among consumers in the last quarter, commanding 31% of enterprise activations. The iPhone 4 has had a bit of a head start, but even then, only accounted for 17.6%, followed by the iPad 2 with 14.9% share. The top Android phone was the Samsung Galaxy S II, which only accounted for 1.7% of Good's business customers. The data spanned October 1 through to December 31, and included thousands of companies that had at least 5 activated devices.

The Good data also broke down smartphone activity by sector, which showed that 35% of all mobile activations in the last quarter were in financial services, followed by business and professional services at 16.2%. The iPhone 4S specifically managed to be fairly popular in the business and professional services market, snagging 25.7% of all corporate iPhone 4S activations. Unfortunately, Good didn't have any metrics on BlackBerry activations, but seeing as they're essentially the alternative to RIM's enterprise server software, I would wager their BlackBerry activation data would be lower than average anyway.

While Android smartphones were still pulling in more interest than iPads, it was a pretty close race, and combined with the massive popularity of iPhone activations, iOS is firmly planting itself in businesses. I'd love to see some more large-scale studies comparing iOS penetration in enterprise compared to BlackBerry, especially internationally, since RIM claims much of their popularity abroad. Data from November (PDF) suggests iPhone is leading BlackBerry in businesses, but there haven't been a lot of other studies backing up that research.

How many iPhones are you guys seeing around the office? Is it a common sight, or does BlackBerry still reign supreme? Maybe Android has started to make some inroads...?

Source: Good

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iOS beats Android in enterprise activations


All the managers at my site had been forced by IT to use BBs. The Blackberries were universally hated, so our site VP got all the managers iPads without telling IT. Now IT is up in arms about iPads on the wifi network, but the managers are happy.
At the engineer level, we all use Androids or iPhones - not a single BB, and we are given Exchange access but no wifi. I have used both a Droid X2 and a 4s and found the 4s to be more reliable. The Droid kept forgetting my password and I had to frequently delete and recreate my Exchange account on it.

In my office we dont have company phones. But there are 1 windows phone, 2 Androids and 1 IPad.

Re: "The iPhone 4S specifically managed to be fairly popular in the business and professional services market, snagging 25.7% of all corporate iPhone 4S activations. "
That would be 100%. iPhone 4S "snags" 100% of iPhone 4S activations.
Re: "Unfortunately, Good didn’t have any metrics on BlackBerry activations, but seeing as they’re essentially the alternative to RIM’s enterprise server software, I would wager their BlackBerry activation data would be lower than average anyway."
That's odd. I though BlackBerry devices worked with RIM's enterprise server software. BlackBerry devices being the clients, and RIM's enterprise server software being, you know, the server. Not quite clear what that sentence means.

As short of a time as one year ago, our company was almost 100% BlackBerries. Now it has flip-flopped to where we are almost 100% iPhones. The few that have kept their BlackBerries now also have an iPhone. I haven't seen one android device in the office.

I gave my team the choice. 3 iPhones. 1 droid. I switched from a Bold 9650. Of the other smart phone users in campus admin it is 3-1 iPhone:Android.

I do a lot of consulting/education in this arena. The biggest issue related to Android is the fragmentation of the market. You have to test all software versions/hardware/carrier combinations - they all work different. Samsung is the one phone that is trying to make inroads into the enterprise. Now, iOS is limited in what can be done as far as enterprise application and device control, but the testing is MUCH easier and clearly defined. Interestingly the normal "powers that be" at companies like Android because of the open-ish architecture, but people that have to design/test/implement prefer iOS given the choice of one or the other in my experience.

Basically 2 government bodies in Saskatchewan, Canada that I know of (I know because I work in one and have a bunch of friends in the other one) kicked out Blackberry and switched to iPhones and iPads across the board

I work for a very large, very well known, global company. Android was reviewed extensively and discarded as an option because it is not possible to make it safe from malware and user tracking. This includes Google tracking.

I work for the CIA and we all had bb's. They pulled are blackberrys last yr and gave us "special phones" that didnt have a label on them. They are customized for the CIA, and can do stuff that I am suppose to die before I tell. Wasn't till December 11 till we figured out just what we where using. They were Samsung Galaxy Nexus's. Absolutely amazing phones. Much better than the BB of the past. I still love my iPhone 4s tho. It keeps my kids so entertained its amazing. I don't know how Apple makes themselves so desirable to children. Very Creative.