No industry vertical has been more disrupted by the evolution of the smartphone than the enterprise. Since Apple released the iPhone in 2007 and the subsequent rise of Android, IT departments have struggled to reconcile device and application management, security and software deployment. What to do when every employee wants to bring their own device to work?
An infographic from xcube puts the changing enterprise mobile landscape into perspective. For instance, 63% of enterprises look to mobility for cost savings and near 50% are responding to employee demand. Since the end of the third quarter in 2011, the iPhone is the most preferred smartphone in the enterprise at 45%. BlackBerry comes in second at 34.5%. Check out the studious infographic below.
Brands are flocking to apps. From March 2010 to September 2011 there was a 263% growth in branded apps. Many of those apps are done in-house but there is a distinct opportunity for developers to make money by focusing on apps for the enterprise and brands.
Business apps were the fastest growing section in the Apple App Store from 2009 to 2010, up 186%. That growth remains strong and more development studios and large corporations, like IBM, are offering solutions for enterprise deployment.
The information in the infographic was culled from research reports from research firms and analysts such as Ovum, Yankee Group, Distimo, Forrester and comScore.
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