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iPhone Making Inroads into the Enterprise

Apple’s earnings announcement

For a while now, I have been stating and documenting the iPhone’s progress in the enterprise. This progress has not only been through Apple's efforts, with the  iPhone 3.0 OS update that addressed some enterprise concerns, as well as the new iPhone3GS device launch, but companies that are Enterprise enablers such as my own company Sybase, with the enterprise enablement of email and device security & management.

Enterprise iPhoneThis week Apple’s earnings announcement revealed some interesting facts, that now show that this is happening for sure! Part of the Apple Announcement that really got me interested, were the fugures that 20 percent of Fortune 100 companies placed orders of 10,000 units or more, while some governmental agencies ordered up to 25,000 units.

In total 5.2 million iPhone units were sold in the third fiscal quarter (I'm not surprised as you may know... when I reported on lines at the London & NYC Apple stores) and Apple's COO Tim Cook had some interesting things to say. Check out the reports from Lynette Luna at FierceMobileIT here and here

More Stories By Ian Thain

As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain