Analysts are like Tarot card readers with MBAs, making speculative predictions based on little more than the direction of the wind and bird migration patterns. They follow a similar marketing practice too - the first reading is free, but the second will cost you, and cost you.

The brain trust at Gartner Research, a firm whose name is legendary in "We predicted this all along" market research, has arrived at the astounding postulation that Apple's plans to incorporate enterprise-class features into iPhone will make the device a viable corporate tool.

Principal analyst Ken Dulaney gave his best Jean Dixon sound bite, stating that enterprise features "will open a huge volume of business users" for Apple. The man is a genius.

Of course, this is the same firm who said just last year that iPhone wasn't ready for business, so take their conclusions as I always do - with a grain of salt and a shot of whiskey.


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