New survey shows iOS still rules the roost in the enterprise

The latest industry research this time comes from Good Technology, whose Q1 Mobility Index Report has revealed that while iOS continues to dominate enterprises, enterprise app activations in companies have gone up 57% quarter over quarter – an improvement over the previous two quarters.

This figure shows that enterprises still have a ferocious appetite for deploying apps, however the figure for operating system activations proved less controversial. iOS comprised 72% of total device activations in Q1, Android at 27%, and Windows Phone comprising 1% of activations.

It doesn’t take much thought therefore to put iOS enterprise app activations as a pretty strong figure, with 93% of overall enterprise app activations in the first quarter coming from iOS.

Broken down by device, the market share equates at 51% for iOS smartphones, followed by 26% for Android smartphones, and 21% for iOS tablets. iOS reported 92% of overall tablet activations in Q1, keeping consistent quarter over quarter.

Regarding the sector where most devices were activated, financial services topped the chart with 28%, followed by business and professional services (20%), manufacturing (8%) and government and public sector (6%). Insurance (12%) was a new category in this quarter.

It’s clear that iOS is still the operating system of choice in the enterprise, therefore, despite Android continuing to be the most popular OS in the consumer space. With the consumerisation of IT and BYOD, shouldn’t a sea-change be occurring?

Fellow MDM vendor MobileIron announced increased Android support back in November with this firmly in mind; Canalys CEO Steve Brazier was on record at the time as saying Android was on the verge of being a serious player in the enterprise due to its sheer consumer influence.

Survey data from Fiberlink in February, of 250,000 Android devices in workplaces globally, found that 84% are smartphones, with 56% of devices from Samsung.

Security would be an evident issue; yet as Good’s Phil Barnett wrote on these pages in the middle of the biometrics debate in December: “The best way to tackle secure mobility is to essentially ignore the OS and take a containerised approach that looks at securing specific apps or programmes and, most importantly, the data within – rather than the whole device.

“This allows IT teams to worry less about which device an employee is using and focus on protecting the asset that is most important to the company – the information.”

It’s worth noting that these figures don’t cover BlackBerry as Good didn’t have access to these figures – however, despite the continued drum banging of CEO John Chen, one can’t expect there to have been a huge dent in these numbers at the device level.

 

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