1. Phillip Swanson's Avatar

    Apple is making inroads in the enterprise market according to the New York Times and it's all because consumers are bringing what they use at home to the office.

    Corporate IT ecosystems traditionally have been very locked-down allowing employees very little flexibility in what laptops and other devices they can use in an effort to make sure everything runs as smooth as possible. However, Bring Your Own Device programs like Kraft Foods’ give employees the option of a standard laptop configuration or a stipend to simply go out and buy whatever they want. A Forrester Research survey showing that 48 percent of information workers buy smartphones for work without considering I.T. department support shows employee sentiment is moving away from in-house I.T. solutions. This sentiment, and programs like Kraft's equate to Apple making major inroads in the enterprise market.

    Apple isn’t the only one benefiting from consumers bringing their own solutions into the workplace. Dropbox, Skype and a bevy of other online-based services originally aimed at consumers are finding their way inside businesses across the country. The movement only makes sense. The people who populate corporations are consumers themselves and it seems logical they would bring the programs they use at home into the office instead of using proprietary software that is often times limiting and frustrating.

    Corporate America has had no choice but to accept that their employees are going to increasingly bring their home I.T. into the workplace. Bring Your Own Device programs at Netflix and Citrix Systems have also been wildly successful. Citrix employs 1000 people and 46 percent have purchased a Mac since adopting a BYOD policy.

    “That was a little bit of a surprise,” Paul Martine, Citrix Chief information officer, said.

    Ben Reitzes, a Barclays Capital Analyst, sees Apple’s growth as a result of their strength in the consumer market. Companies like HP and RIM, longtime stalwarts of the enterprise market, are losing ground because they can’t figure out how to sell to consumers. People don’t want to carry a work phone, and a personal phone or two laptops, and as a result they’re opting to bring home into the workplace and when those people are the higher-ups things change.

    "What broke the camel's back was the iPad, because executives brought it into the company and said 'Hey, you've got to support this,'" Ted Schadler of Forrester said.

    However, there will always be a market for locked-down and secure I.T. networks. Companies like Wells Fargo’s, and others who demand top-level security wont likely be adopting a BYOD policy anytime soon. But, as Apple gains more of foothold in the consumer market, and Android too, the lines between enterprise and the consumer world will continue to bur for today’s employers. Who knows, maybe even the Pentagon will adopt Apple's devices. I can see a few sweet Jailbreak applications being developed with some DARPA funds.

    Source: NYT
    Last edited by Phillip Swanson; 2011-09-26 at 08:50 AM.
    2011-09-26 08:45 AM
  2. mallenass's Avatar
    i like being first.feel free to hate..

    on the other hand businesses should adopt this behavior much faster since with all the new apple technology for me personally my iphone still remains my most solid and versatile work tool; i end up using my blackberry solely for the purposes of work to work phone calls and BBM.
    Last edited by mallenass; 2011-09-26 at 10:38 AM.
    2011-09-26 10:31 AM
  3. Donnutt's Avatar
    This is cool. My Dad is a quality engineer/auditor at a precision machine shop. He began using iLogger for his measurement tracking. Every morning he would send a spreadsheet to his boss containing all the info he had collected overnight.
    When his boss asked him how he did it, he showed him his iPod touch.
    Now everyone in the company management uses the same thing!
    2011-09-26 03:23 PM
  4. PatrickGSR94's Avatar
    inroads? lol
    2011-09-26 03:25 PM
  5. RICO_'s Avatar
    i like being first.feel free to hate..
    Hate on what? I'll take my sleep over being "first" any day.
    2011-09-26 04:08 PM
  6. drigo1178's Avatar
    why make the assumption the Wells or other big banks who need top security wont bring on byod?

    One of wells' biggest competitors has already launched byod earlier this year. FYI
    2011-09-26 09:43 PM
  7. mallenass's Avatar
    Hate on what? I'll take my sleep over being "first" any day.
    2011-09-27 06:50 AM