At this rate, Apple's gonna own the mobile enterprise

Apple now accounts for two-thirds of mobile devices activated in the enterprise -- is it worth supporting other platforms?

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Salesforce recently created a venture arm to support innovation in wearable devices, and introduced its own SDK designed to make its solutions part of the wearable future.

“The explosive growth of Salesforce Wear has validated the need for a unified platform to bring together software companies, wearable device manufacturers and developers wanting to create apps that will enable companies to connect with customers in entirely new ways,” said the company's senior vice president for emerging technologies, Daniel Debow.

Growing support

Good Technology introduced powerful features in its iOS 8-supporting MDM solution last month. The key feature is the ability to create a division between a user's personal and professional use of a device -- meaning employee privacy is protected, while the enterprise continues to make efficiency gains.

This is also thanks to Apple's implementation of managed content (as well as managed apps) support in iOS 8, which contains a host of improvements likely to maintain its leading position as an enterprise mobility firm.

The evidence shows Apple's solutions becoming the most significant components in mobile enterprise IT, and this is driving software developers in the enterprise to create solutions that support Apple's offerings. That's not to say the traditional Windows shops aren't putting up a fight, but it seems unlikely to be a winning fight.

The world turned upside down

Apple's growing success puts the fate of other mobile platforms into question, particularly in mobile: "Companies need to seriously ask the question of how much extra expense it is worth to them to support other operating systems in addition to iOS," said Cortado CEO Carsten Mkeleit last week.

Apple's success in enterprise markets for so long closed to it reflects the damage complacency did to those who previously dominated the enterprise IT space.

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