Boy Genius Report has an article stating that Ron Spears, the “AT&T business solutions CEO,” has announced that forty percent of the iPhones sold go to businesses.
Here is what he says:
“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?”
Interestingly, he focuses on the idea that the iPhone is a mobile computer instead of just a phone. I think that is a good way of describing the iPhone success on the whole, and not just the enterprise success. People think of it as having a computer in their pocket instead of a phone that does e-mail (I’m looking at you, RIM).
What are your thoughts on the subject? Does your company use iPhones?