Halliburton, one of the world's largest energy corporations with over 70,000 employees worldwide, will be making a huge move away from BlackBerrys, to converting their employees to iPhones. For those still not convinced about the iPhone and iOS' place in enterprise, this decision comes after Halliburton did significant research into both Apple's platform and the Android, and decided Apple was the way to go.
BlackBerry is undoubtedly still the best communications device on the planet, but increasingly users and businesses alike are requiring more than just communication -- they're requiring mobile computing platforms.
To give a sense of the breadth of this change, Energy Services Group (ESG) is Halliburton's largest business segment and provides technical products and services for petroleum and natural gas exploration and production. Up until now Halliburton employees had been given BlackBerries. If they wanted an alternative the only option they were given were Windows Phones. BlackBerry have been part of Halliburton's IT policy for over 10 years. Right now Halliburton supplies about 4,500 of their employees with BlackBerry smartphones.
BlackBerrys have long been the staple of enterprise -- they performed well and lived up to what enterprise customers have come to expect. The iPhone and iPad have made great strides over the past several iterations of iOS in order to provide better support for business users. And it's paying off.
More and more companies are starting to support iOS in enterprise on a regular basis, while others are letting the users choose with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) initiatives.
Apple recently announced that pretty much all of the Fortune 500 were testing or deploying iOS devices within their organizations, which is startling considering how slowly enterprise usually is when it comes to responding to new technologies.
Even RIM has made moves to provide BlackBerry enterprise support for iPhone and iPad. Now we just need RIM's new CEO to provide full on BlackBerry Connect functionality before other companies, like Good ride iPhone and iPad success to an insurmountable lead.
Are you using your iPhone in the enterprise? Let us know how wide iPhone and iPad deployment is where you work, and how they're affecting productivity.
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How much longer can RIM last if this keeps happening?
Rim just needs to give it up and sell out to Google. They are not going to be able to recover any reasonable amount of market share. IOS and Android are leaps and bounds ahead. The only thing missing is Blackberry's reliable push email and BBM. Sell! Sell! Sell!
The American war manufactory, headquartered in Dubai - civil, respectful, and on-topic pfffflit!
Hope my iPhone doesn't catch something disgusting and despicable from them.
Wait till about 2000 of them shatter their glass...
What blackberrys glass are indestructible?
No. But most blackberries have a lot less glass and more plastic surronding it. Less chance for breakage. Just about everyone I know have either the front or back glass of their iPhone shattered.
I am glad you don't know me Steve. I have had three iPhones now and never broken any of them.
And everyone I know that has a BB has dinged up crap plastic all over it. Those with Storms have cracked screens somewhere. What's your point? BB was dead 2 years ago and we kept telling them what to do to right themselves. Fatboy didn't listen and he finally got kicked out of his office. The new kid in the big office won't make anything happen either. A company's turnaround is rooted in making at least one product that NO ONE can live without. Something so good that everyone has to have it. Google never made one and they won't. RIM never made one and they won't. Without something like this, they won't survive because those people out there with better platforms in their pockets won't drop those to switch back to something that sucked before. RIM would need to land a complete 540 (that's right, because a 180 isn't enough for them) to bring even some people back to a new product from them. Face it, it just won't happen... there's nothing they can make that will revolutionize the pocket communication device. Remember their "Amature hour is over" PlayBook?... where is it now?... that's right, EOL'd. Whomever buys RIM will throw away money just like HP did with Palm... it won't amount to anything but a lost cause.
The beginning to end for RIM.
I work for Halliburton, most guys out here already have the iPhone. Nearly everyone has an Otter box. Haven't seen any cracked screens yet.
I can't believe no one is challenging this bizarre statement in the post..."BlackBerry is undoubtedly still the best communications device on the planet, but..."
If that were really true, wouldn't RIM be in a drastically different place today? This is a rather strange statement to have made.
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