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Android Gains on BlackBerry for Enterprise Mobility

Android Gains on BlackBerry for Enterprise Mobility

by MaaS360 staff | November 08, 2011

Just five years ago, probably even two, it was more than likely that the mobile phone you had for work was a BlackBerry smartphone from Research In Motion.

It was given to you and paid for by the company, and you didn't question the move in the least. The device provided access to email, voice calls and text messages - all you ever needed to remain connected to while out of the office.

Those were the easy days of mobile device management, and they're soon to disappear forever thanks to consumerization. The collision of mobile technology innovation with employee desires and business needs has forever changed enterprise mobility.

Today, the traditional BlackBerry doesn't cut it for most employees. On top of computing power and access to the enterprise network, professionals want to complete their tasks with a device they are comfortable with and enjoy using.

Mobile professionals are increasingly turning to the iPhone and Android-based devices to satisfy such needs, a trend that was recently addressed by a new Ovum report. The research firm's new forecast for the enterprise mobility market has Google's Android cashing in on overall expansion.

The market as a whole will reach 54 million smartphone shipments by 2016 after achieving a compound annual growth rate of 12.4 percent. At the end of this year, according to Ovum, 26.8 million units will have been shipped for the enterprise market.

And while BlackBerry will continue to lead, Android is gaining fast, researchers found. Shipments of such devices will account for 26 percent of the market in five years - compared to 27 percent for BlackBerry.

This year, Ovum said, companies will purchase a total of 4.7 million Android-based devices. In five years' time, the figure will have spiked to more than 14 million.

But we can't forget about the iPhone, which will achieve enterprise shipments of 4.9 million units this year. The Apple device, which has captured the affection of the consumer market, will experience a CAGR of 11.2 percent within the enterprise sector during the next five years.

IT administrators and business managers charged with overseeing mobility would be wise to take note of such information and other reports like it, experts say. Knowing which devices are most likely to be used by employees during the next several years will allow a company to prepare its mobile device management practices accordingly. Evaluate MaaS360 for your Android and iOS devices today.

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