Apple iPhone Winning Corporate Fans

Mike de la Cruz, a senior vice president with German software giant SAP AG, shows off the latest weapon of the corporate road warrior -- his iPhone. A hit with consumers because it combines a phone, music player and Web browser, analysts say Apple Inc's iPhone is gaining ground as a business tool as well, and could one day rival Research in Motion Ltd's popular Blackberry line.

Although sought out by high-end consumers, Apple products have never been accepted widely by business, so major corporate adoption of the iPhone would be a breakthrough. "It's fun," de la Cruz said in Boston at an industry conference earlier this week. "It's so popular."

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It is a lousy corporate phone. I'm forced to use the lousy Outlook Web Access interface because the regular Exchange interface is to insecure and my company won't enable it.

SAP will support Iphone... for a mere $1m per year plus installation, update and many,many extra costs.

Or you can play with oracle reducing the cost tenfold times cheaper that sap r3

Our group in IT supports our corporate blackberries and I can tell you that blackberries are in no danger. There is no method for corporate control of an iPhone for one thing. Second, it's seen by many IT Security groups like ours as a fancy MP3 player (storage device) therefore it's banned on site to start with. And last but more important, in the VP and top executive world, blackberries are synonymous with being important. Having any other gadget phone but a blackberry to these guys means that you just haven't made it yet. We've thought a lot of other cool phones would change these guys minds, but it doesn't happen. The iPhone won't do it either.

selphj said,
in the VP and top executive world, blackberries are synonymous with being important. Having any other gadget phone but a blackberry to these guys means that you just haven't made it yet.

Most people who use the iPhone agree it's a paradigm shift. iPhone will dominate the consumer sphere first and then leach into the corporate space.

Those "important" types will be the last to catch on.

It's pretty simple - no Exchange support, no widespread adoption by businesses. Real business people don't have time to play with a phone because it looks cool. They need one that does what they need to get the job done.

It's winning corporate fans because if you know corporate people THEY LIKE TO SHOW OFF! I sware in my last company meeting we got asked by the VP's "so when are we getting iPhones?" they were all anxious... then kinda mad AT US! when we said we are not in AT&T territory... (we are not, the only GSM provider in our area is T-Mobile and their reception even sucks... 2 towers for the entire county!)

Wow. Those companies really expect productivity having a gadget like that.

Next step: "take this Portable Xbox 360¹ and have it turned on so we'll not spend money on phone calls; talk in IM." What would grantee them then that he's not wasting his working time playing Halo?

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¹ They are making portable everything, why not xbox? =]