That didn't take long. Before Apple's
Yet while I believe the iPhone is a smash hit, I don't think penetration of the enterprise market will go as easily as many envision. In fact, I think there's a good chance the iPhone will fail to reach a significant penetration level in corporate hallways for a number of reasons.
First, it should go without saying that the iPhone will have to be offered by Verizon
But wait, Tim says, Research In Motion's
But there's a big reason why RIM won its long battle to capture the enterprise market: At the time, there was no viable alternative for email on the go. Apple today would have to do more than just match RIM's ability to efficiently manage core enterprise applications such as email, calendar, and contacts.
Steve Jobs would also have to give corporations good financial reasons to either toss out all those RIM servers or support both devices -- partnerships with Microsoft
Unless a dramatic overhaul of IT policy in corporate America occurs and RIM falls flat on its face in the next few years, Apple will just have to be content with plundering the consumer market.