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Is Apple on its way to being a mobile enterprise player?

Tom Kaneshige | Aug. 6, 2014
Apple's decision to team up with IBM is a watershed moment for enterprise mobility. What that means exactly remains to be seen. The only fairly certain assumption is that the partnership will bring more iPhones and iPads into the enterprise.

When it comes to Android and iOS, DeFranco doesn't have a horse in the race. Every Lua customer supports a heterogenous mobile environment with both Android and iOS devices. Lua's Android and iOS application development and testing teams are roughly the same size. In terms of enterprise penetration, Android usage has spiked over the last 12 months but the majority of users still favor iOS.

That said, Google's recent partnership with Sprint, which followed on the heels of the Apple-IBM partnership, is also good for the future of enterprise mobility, DeFranco says. Sprint will resell Google's business-focused apps and become a single point of contact for service on Google Apps and Sprint's wireless services.

"Google's partnership with Sprint is more progressive," DeFranco says. With both Google and Apple competing in the mobile enterprise space, he says, "this should create a better work experience, in terms of people developing for the enterprise overall."

There is no question Apple's decision to team up with IBM is a watershed moment for enterprise mobility. On the flip side, DeFranco says, Apple could have stuck to its consumer roots and inked a mobile content deal with, say, Disney, or come out with an iWatch or more seriously targeted home television, all of which wouldn't have shocked enterprise app developers but made them more worried about their future.

 

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