So, Dave Mock has a point in his article from yesterday. Two, actually:
Enterprises won't adopt Apple's
(NASDAQ:AAPL)iPhone just because it is a hit with consumers.
- IT managers, who loathe change, have no specific financial reason to replace existing devices with the iPhone.
Not that I'm surprised. I've never known Dave to be anything less than whip-smart. On this topic he's right, in that when you get IT managers alone, they'll tell you that budget planning is entirely pain-driven. Spend the cash where you're hurting most, the thinking goes.
What this means is that corporate technology buyers never, ever seek The Next Big Thing. Rather, they prefer The Next Thing That's Not Going to Get Me Fired. Apple is too rebellious for this crowd. Or at least it was.
Let's review what we know about the latest iPhone and Apple's direction.
First, while it's true that, here in the U.S., you must be an AT&T
And finally, we know that users, investors, and partners see the iPhone in a broader context than they do smartphones from Research In Motion
My point? Innovation is the only constant in tech. So even though corporate buyers have no urgent reason to switch to the iPhone, it's almost certain that an enterprising developer will create one.
But that will take years. In the meantime, the iPhone will catch on at corporations for the same reason that other popular mobile devices did -- because executives and employees bring them to work.
Brrrrrrrrring! It's related Foolishness calling: