Latest enterprise OS figures: iOS still holds two thirds of activations, says Good

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It’s that time of year again: another Good Mobility Index, which this time shows enterprise app activations continue at pace, and iOS again rules the roost in regulated industries.

The key finding from the previous quarter’s analysis from the enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider’s customer base – now of course part of BlackBerry – was that organisations, on average, will use at least three enterprise apps in addition to email. According to Q3’s figures, however, the average enterprise has developed 3.74 custom apps to help mobilise key business processes.

The report also showed a 30% rise in app activations quarter by quarter, while secure browser remained the most important app category for the fourth quarter running. Custom apps, secure IM, document editing, and document access rounded off the top five. Apart from retail, secure browser was the most popular app across all industries, while in manufacturing, it represented almost three quarters (74%) of all apps.

This is because retail was the most aggressive adopter of custom apps on 40%, ahead of insurance (31%), with financial at 25%. 58% of those polled said they have deployed two or more custom apps, 15% have rolled out five or more, and 7% have 10 or more. Compared to the previous quarter, 67% had deployed two or more apps, with 21% and 5% for five or ten apps respectively.

Overall, iOS maintains its strong presence while also gaining in the quarter, up to 66% from 64% share, which was its lowest showing to date. The other operating systems saw negligible change; Android at 31%, down 1%, Windows at 2%, down 1%, and Windows Phone remaining unchanged.

“The Q3 Good Mobility Index Report validates that enterprises are moving forward to the next stage of their mobility journeys,” said Billy Ho, EVP enterprise product and value added solutions at BlackBerry. “The ability for organizations to develop compelling, secure cross-platform mobile applications using the Good Dynamics platform is one of the key benefits that made the acquisition of Good so important to our strategy.”

Good, or Good Powered By BlackBerry as it now should be called, is something of an anomaly in that it is one of the few enterprise mobility providers not to be affiliated with the Android for Work scheme, although the company has a close relationship with Google and has a partnership with Samsung KNOX. Speaking to EMEA general manager Phil Barnett back in May, he argued: “Good for Samsung KNOX has been very well received by the more cautious customers, who are worried about trust.

“The interesting thing for us with Samsung is they’ve got a lot of alternative devices, ruggedized ones – it opens up different conversations.”

You can read the full report here (email required).

 

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