iPhone and the enterprise
Other companies have customers, Apple has apostles.
Which is not to say that the irate Apple fans criticizing a report by Sanford Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi are wrong (scroll down at the linked page to read the comments).
Sacconaghi, already considered a heretic by the Apple faithful for earlier swipes at the iPhone, says a survey of CIOs shows that enterprise adoption of the must-have devices looks very slow.
Commenters make some good points about the timing of the research (it was done before the hot new iPhone was announced) and the stately pace of new tech uptake at large companies.
The crowd saves some of its vitriol for CIOs, who are described as "the chief IT geek" and "typically anti Apple dudes as they justify their existence by continuously fixing windows (sic) products." Also, this: "As a former IT guy in a couple different big organizations I can tell you that it is the users that drive change there and the CIOs that resist it." And so on.
Perhaps more to the point: "The iPhone will impose itself because CEO's and managers want it." And, "It's not up to the CIO's (sic) stupid."
I'm with the commenters who say corporate users are going to drive a shift to handheld computers. Soon. Maybe it won't be the iPhone, if other vendors can get enterprise-ready products in place quickly enough.
Also in the Bernstein report: CIOs have lost a lot of interest in Vista, due to concerns over security and productivity. "Only 10% of respondents said they had begun to upgrade to Vista, down from 16% in November and 30% in May of last year."
Interesting that switching to Vista is still referred to as an "upgrade." Interesting also that the Appleacs don't seem to find that part of Sacconaghi's report to be objectionable.