Vendor sees a question mark for RIM as other platforms dominate
Among Good Technology customers, iOS dominates and Android growsBy Simon Eskow, Auckland | Friday, 03 August 2012
Enterprise mobility security provider Good Technology reported that among its customers globally, iOS device activations still count for more than twice the number of Android activations on networks secured by its solutions.
According to a vendor survey released earlier in July, iOS activations accounted for 70.8 percent of the total, with Android coming in at 28.3 percent, and Windows at 0.9 percent.
The company did not break out specific data for New Zealand. But according to ANZ VP and GM Jim Watson, iOS is still the preferred operating system, but the field is changing.
“We see a strong iOS base and a growing Android base and a growing anticipation for Microsoft,” Watson says. “There is still a question mark as to how is the market share is going to be distributed with the RIM defection across to those three OSes. This is going to be happening over the next six months.”
Watson says there are still many Good customers using large RIM fleets in Australia and New Zealand. He ascribes the BlackBerry's remaining popularity to its form factor, with security features and a QWERTY keyboard that makes it easier for “power email” users to work.
“At the enterprise level and in government agencies too, we are still seeing this,” he says. “We have banks working in New Zealand that have 5000 corporate BlackBerry users. Where security is paramount it’s only BlackBerry.”
Good’s second quarter report also showed that Apple dominates the tablet activation rate at 94.5 percent of overall tablet activations, although smartphone usage still outnumbers tablets by three-to-one. While Windows Phone made the quarterly report for the first time, it only accounted for 1.2 percent of overall activations.
Good and Microsoft announced an application partnership earlier this year, specifically for email encryption.
The vendor believes that most applications that can be downloaded to Apple phones and smartphones are not secure, making them a risk to organisations that have BYOD policies. The ability to secure those platforms is seen as further infringement on BlackBerry’s previous enterprise dominance.
“So, what we're definitely seeing is that somebody is going to pick up the delta in declining RIM business,” Watson says. “And who that is and who’s going to own what of that, we aren’t sure. In the past we saw a demand for moving off of traditional devices like BlackBerry.
“People just said they want to use an iPhone and now the second wave of people are saying, from a contingency perspective, what are we going to do about our BlackBerry fleet? There’s no doubt Microsoft is aiming at that opportunity.”
While many vendors depict BYOD as an irresistible force of employees demanding to use their own smartphones and devices, Watson says that is foremost a consideration of costs as companies shed the need to invest in fleets of devices.
Watson says the per capita uptake of smartphones in New Zealand is greater than in other markets, and that the company, which entered a distribution agreement with Express Data on June 30, foresees “fantastic growth here for us”.
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