Five years ago, corporations could predict precisely which devices employees would use to access corporate apps and data, and those predictions stayed true for years.
Most employees used PCs with a recent version of Windows.
Recently, smartphone sales passed PC sales, meaning that smartphones are rapidly becoming the most common device connected to the Internet. This is not only having a profound effect on habits outside of work, but it’s affecting the way we work as well.
A recent report from BI Intelligence explains which mobile platforms are displacing the old Windows monopoly in the enterprise, how corporate app developers are responding to the change, and how Microsoft is responding to this disruption.
So, what is happening and who is winning mobile in the enterprise?
- The rise of BYOD has helped iOS: According to Good Technology, which sells technology to help companies manage mobile devices used by employees, more than 72% of its clients had a formal BYOD (“bring your own device”) program, under which they offer formal support for users to access corporate information on their personal devices. When employees are given a choice on how to access corporate data on the go, they are choosing Apple’s iOS platform, with Android in firm second place (see chart).
- For smartphones, iOS dominates: Between 65% and 74% of all new phone activations per quarter for the last year and a half have been with iPhones, according to Good Technology. BlackBerry devices are excluded because Research in Motion has its own device management technology, so Good doesn’t have any insight into the platform. However, its quarterly statistics do map well to overall consumer adoption of new platforms.
- Android activations could pick up over the next year: IT departments are growing to accept them. Android has been more complicated to support than iOS — there are more device types and platform updates, complicating corporate app development, and Android has been subject to several malware attacks from consumer apps.
- iOS owns tablets: Good’s data consistently shows the iPad making up more than 90% of all tablet activations. Android tablets in the enterprise are doing even WORSE than Android tablets at large because, in many cases, corporations are buying and deploying their own tablets.
In full, the report looks at:
- Which mobile platforms are displacing the old Windows monopoly in the enterprise.
- How corporate app developers are responding to the change.
- How this disruption is threatening the former leader in enterprise computing, Microsoft, and what Microsoft is doing to respond.