The iPhone Is Closer Than You Think - Page 3
Similarly, Kristofor Swanson, vice president of learning and talent management for mobile strategy at Merrill Lynch, said that without better security and back-end administrative support, the iPhone will be an outsider at the financial services company, where the BlackBerry is standard issue. Still, he sees similarities between the iPhone and the early Black-Berrys. "The BlackBerry went from a two-way pager to pushing the envelope," Swanson said. "The iPhone is only on Version 1-it's only [a matter] of time before there's a business-ready version of the iPhone."Even when it gains the missing features that corporate IT requires, a fully featured enterprise iPhone will face a deeply entrenched incumbent population of corporate Black-Berrys and Palm devices, among others. And the vendors of these devices are certainly not standing still. "It's only a matter of time till we see a touch-screen BlackBerry device," said Swanson.
And despite extensively cataloguing its deficiencies, Forrester's Gray wrote in a recent report that corporate IT must get ready for the day when the iPhone is a corporate reality. Mobile device management software vendors will probably add support for the iPhone's Mac OS X, he wrote. Meanwhile, the push from above will become irresistible: "C-level executives are buying them and expecting support from IT," Gray wrote. "It's only a matter of time before the iPhone filters down the corporate pyramid, and IT should have a strategy to handle these requests."