Apple’s iOS operating system is the most popular mobile platform among corporate workers according to a survey from Check Point Software. The firm polled over 700 IT professionals and found that iOS accounts for 30% of usage, with RIM’s BlackBerry platform just behind at 29%. Check Point Software found that 71% of mobile devices have contributed to increased security incidents. Google’s Android operating system was considered to produce the greatest security risk, however, 72% of polled users claimed careless employees were a greater security threat than hackers. The lack of employee awareness about security policies ranked as having the greatest impact on the security of mobile data. Some 65% of respondents reported that their organizations had devices that were personally owned by employees in addition to company-owned mobile devices accessing corporate networks.Check Point surveyed a total of 768 respondents across the United States, Canada,United Kingdom, Germany and Japan. More →
For the first time ever, an iPhone is now more likely to show up in a conference room than a BlackBerry, a new Mobile Workforce Report from research firm iPass suggests. According to the report, 95% of mobile workers now own a smartphone, up 10 percentage points from 2010, and 45% of the enterprise workforce carries an iPhone, up from 31.1% last year. “BlackBerry has not really fallen from the top spot in so much as other smartphones have grown faster,” the report said. “BlackBerry market share has only declined slightly from 35% in 2010 to 32% today.” Read on for more. More →
Paul Bryan, Microsoft’s senior director of business experiences product management for Windows Phone, has written a blog post that details Windows Phone Mango’s business productivity features. The update, which will be discussed in deeper detail during a press conference in New York City on May 24th, will include pinnable email folders for quick access from the homescreen, conversation view in email, server search, and a new Lync application for business chat users. Bryan also said there will be added capabilities for IT departments, including complex password support, information rights management support, and the ability to access hidden corporate Wi-Fi networks. “This week, we expect to exceed 16,000 apps available in the Windows Phone Marketplace,” Bryan added. We’ll be reporting live from Microsoft’s press conference on the 24th. More →
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that in the last 18 months, Apple has hired at least five employees of the RIM enterprise team. They also speculate that there are many more employees that have, or are considering, jumping ship. Some of the employees that left RIM includes the Head of Strategy Sales who is now Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales at Apple. With over 80% of Fortune 500 companies trialling or using iPhones, there’s little doubt that Apple is gearing for a huge battle in the enterprise sector. The latest release of iOS 4.2 is the best version yet for corporate integration, and with the iPad finally getting the popular iPhone OS 4 features, we can only imagine things will be heating up even more in the coming months. More →
Motorola is up to bat with their most competitive corporate device in years — they’re aiming squarely at the fine boys and girls at RIM — and coupled with the latest Android OS and the nation’s largest voice and data network, they mean business. Does that mean they have come up with the best business-focused handset on Verizon Wireless? How on earth will you be able to choose between a Motorola DROID Pro, a BlackBerry, or another Android handset? Hit the break to find out our thoughts!
Former Vice President of MeeGo Devices at Nokia Ari Jaaksi began a new role earlier this month with Hewlett-Packard, where he is now a Senior Vice President. Jaaksi’s LinkedIn profile states simply, “I run webOS and services @ HP.” The former Nokia exec left the company earlier this year after a 12-year tenure with the Finnish phone giant. Most recently, Jaaksi was VP in charge of MeeGo, Nokia’s next-generation Linux-based OS being developed through a partnership with Intel. Rumors that Jaaksi would be hired by HP first surfaced last month, when it was thought that he would join the company to oversee Palm devices. Instead, it looks as though Jaaksi’s role will focus on software and services.
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Vodafone, one of the UK’s largest networks, has launched a smartphone security service aimed at business professionals. The aptly named service — Vodafone Smartphone Professional — will allow for companies to manage sensitive corporate data remotely without interfering with employee’s personal content. The service will provide IT administrators with an online portal to tweak, remotely wipe and encrypt data over the air. Peter Kelly, Enterprise Director for Vodafone had the following to say:
With smartphones becoming increasingly popular, securing the way data is accessed and stored on these devices is crucial. Many businesses want to allow employees to use the mobile device that they choose to do their job most effectively. With Vodafone Smartphone Professional, businesses have the peace of mind that mobile devices and data are secure.
The service will include the customary 500MB data allowance and will cost you £20-a-month in addition to a £50 in activation fee. A small price to pay for your peace of mind, right? More →
Always on the lookout for the latest Verizon featurephone? Samsung and Verizon are gearing up to launch a new one on July 29th. The Samsung Haven features no camera, so it is aimed at the business/corporate crowd, three programable emergency contact buttons, voice dialing, and, not too much else. Oh, we forgot. To completely push you over the edge, the Samsung Haven has something called “speakerphone” as well. We’d be shocked to see this go for more than $29.99 with a 2 year agreement, and anything over $49.99 would be possibly reprehensible. We have a gallery ready to rock if you’re interested in finding out more.
We’ve heard from a couple people that most Verizon Wireless stores have inventory, and some are selling the device early. More →
Another AT&T source of ours has just let us know about some of AT&T’s in store plans. More →
Security concerns be damned, the iPhone is selling like hotcakes when it come to business users, said AT&T business solutions CEO Ron Spears. While attending a Barclay’s Capital Communications event today, Spears was asked how businesses are taking to the iPhone some three years after its launch. The answer, according to Spears, is very, very well. By his estimates, a whopping 40% of iPhones sold by AT&T go straight into the hands of corporate folk. All of this despite the fact that the iPhone OS is nowhere near as secure as corporate staple BlackBerry. But to this Spears pointed out that most CIOs are okay with having iPhones in their midst and that, for some companies, they’re even huge money savers being able to replace laptops. Here’s what Spears said in his own words:
“When the iPhone came out, what most people heard in the first year from ‘07 to ‘08 was ‘oh my God, it’s not BlackBerry secure.’ This is not going to work on the enterprise space. At the end of the day, it’s just software. That’s all it is. And by the time the 3G came out in ‘08 they had solved about 80% of the security issues. By the time the 3GS came out last summer, most CIOs will tell you today they have very few issues around the security that they need provided as they have come to know that RIM can do it because of the way RIM provides their solution. So enterprises today view the iPhone as a mobile computer. It happens to have a voice application on it. But what’s important is what you can do with it, and the way you can mobilize workforces, and specific parts of your workforce, not the entire workforce. [...] If they’ve got a field service force that needs one or two applications on a daily basis; do they need to go out and spend $1,000 or $1,200 for a laptop and then worry about sort of the lifecycle costs of keeping up with the laptop?”
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We just received a heads up that the above document is being circulated within AT&T locations, and in short, it seems as if the HTC Pure isn’t selling so well. We have been told that the reallocation of stock from corporate store locations to the Device Management group definitely means something is up, though without any quality-related issues with the return, we can only assume it’s due to the unit’s less-than-stellar sales performance. One of our other AT&T connects confirmed this has to do with the device not selling very well, and that AT&T would rather not have the product just sitting in the stores when they could replace it with other products that are apparently worth the shelf space. Our source went on to say that they have been instructed to “keep one or two units and send the rest to the warehouse.”
One of our AT&T connects down south just hit us up with some pretty interesting info… More →