Apple iPhone Battles RIM BlackBerry at SAP Press Conference

 
 
By Nicholas Kolakowski  |  Posted 2009-02-04 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Execs from IBM, SAP and Roche weigh in on the use of the Apple iPhone versus Research In Motion's BlackBerry for enterprise applications. The BlackBerry has maintained a slight edge in sales over the iPhone as of the third quarter of 2008, but competition between the two remains fierce.

For the executives from IBM, health care company Roche and others at SAP's Feb. 4 press conference, the focus was on unveiling the new SAP Business Suite 7 software-but discussion did drift for a few moments to the relative merits of the Apple iPhone and Research In Motion's BlackBerry for enterprise applications such as e-mail.

"We've put e-mail onto iPhones," Jennifer Allerton, CIO of Roche's pharma division, said in response to an audience question. "But it has a soft keypad, and we're an e-mail-intensive culture ... [We've] viewed them as not a business tool."

L??«o Apotheker, co-CEO of SAP, followed up by noting that SAP offers CRM software for both BlackBerry and iPhone, but "we see more interest in the BlackBerry."

Apple and RIM have been engaged in fierce competition for consumers' smartphone dollars, with RIM maintaining a slight lead with regard to global smartphone market share.

"CIOs like to control and lock things down more, and BlackBerry provides that," Roger Kay, an analyst with Endpoint Technologies Associates, said in an interview. "If you look at the two markets as overlapping, BlackBerry has a more solid franchise in the enterprise and Apple has a more solid franchise among consumers."

Kay added, "But Apple has come into the enterprise [via] executives who just want to use it. It was inevitable that the top guys would pester their CIOs to get them iPhones."

 
 
 
 
Nicholas Kolakowski is a staff editor at eWEEK, covering Microsoft and other companies in the enterprise space, as well as evolving technology such as tablet PCs. His work has appeared in The Washington Post, Playboy, WebMD, AARP the Magazine, AutoWeek, Washington City Paper, Trader Monthly, and Private Air. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Submit a Comment

Loading Comments...
 
Manage your Newsletters: Login   Register My Newsletters























 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thanks for your registration, follow us on our social networks to keep up-to-date
Rocket Fuel