Citrix mobile report reveals continued dominance of iOS in the enterprise


A new report from software giant Citrix has revealed that while the number of devices managed in the enterprise is exploding year on year, iOS remains by far the most popular workplace OS.

Device numbers in the enterprise grew 72% from 2013 to 2014, with almost two thirds (64%) running iOS, 27% running Android, and 9% Windows Phone. In EMEA these figures changed to 50% for iOS and 30% for Android, while in the Americas the figures stood at 57% for iOS and 27% Android. Asia Pacific saw Android figures increase from 19% to 33% saturation year on year, with the rise of Samsung in the area a likely reason for growth.

By vertical, the legal industry contains the greatest percentage of iOS devices, while finance is made up of 71% iOS. Contrastingly, 39% of devices in the healthcare industry run on Android.

Elsewhere, passcodes remained “by far” the most comment method of device-level enforcement, with more than 90% of respondents using it. The most frequently blacklisted apps were Dropbox and Mail, while the most frequently whitelisted were Adobe Reader and OneNote. Facebook and Twitter managed to appear in the top five of both lists.

The proliferation of iOS devices in the enterprise is a predictable trend, and according to the Citrix data shows no signs of slowing down. The reasons for this are also long-held. Fragmentation across Android devices, and a slow uptake on new OS releases – 44.5% on Jelly Bean, 39.7% on KitKat and a mere 1.6% on Lollipop according to latest dashboard figures – means it’s lagging behind.

Despite Google’s attempts to make Android Lollipop more enterprise-friendly and secure, such as introducing Android Work and building in encryption out of the box, it’s no good if a user base isn’t responding. More importantly, it’s not a viable platform for CIOs to roll out internal app deployments. Globo, in its MDM survey in November, pointed out that “until IT (or Android itself) provides more motivation for users to update, Android is likely to lag behind iOS.”

Companies are trying to plug the gap – the announcement of Good for Samsung KNOX, a collaboration between Good Technology and Samsung, spring to mind – yet if the Citrix survey data is anything to go by, C-level execs still need serious convincing of using Android in their workplace.

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