Gartner, IDC, other analyst firms warn: businesses must avoid Apple iPhone

“The analyst firm Gartner will tell IT executives to keep Apple’s iPhone away from their networks, in a research report to be released within a week,” Jon Brodkin reports for Network World.

“The iPhone, scheduled to ship in the United States on June 29, appears to be a great consumer device but has no redeeming qualities from the perspective of a business user, Gartner analyst Ken Dulaney says,” Brodkin reports.

“Businesses have little, if any interest in the iPhone and Apple isn’t marketing it to the business sector anyway, says Randy Giusto, who leads IDC’s analysis of mobile devices, computing and computer markets,” Brodkin reports. “‘The iPhone is not positioned at all for the IT world,’ he says. ‘It’s a very personal device. Most corporations are probably not going to support the iPhone on their networks.'”

Brodkin reports, “Apple may not be making a direct appeal to enterprises, but AT&T is betting that business users will want the iPhone, the IDG News Service reported in April. AT&T plans to market the iPhone to business users and is making sure its backend enterprise billing and support systems will accommodate the device, the report stated.”

“A 451 Group analyst agrees the iPhone has no place in a business, and thinks the new product won’t even live up to its hype as a consumer device. Tony Rizzo, director of mobile technology research at the analyst firm, doubts Apple’s assurance that the iPhone’s battery will provide up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of Internet use, seven hours of video, and 24 hours of music playback,” Brodkin reports. “‘It doesn’t have any features that would make it successful as a business tool. The other question, is it even going to be successful as a consumer device?’ Rizzo says. ‘I’m not giving up my BlackBerry. I like the keyboard, I like the trackball and I like the service.'”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]
Smell that? You smell that? It’s pure fear. Nothing else in the world smells like that. We love the smell of fear in the morning. Smells like… victory.

The reason for such a campaign against iPhone? Money. Lots and lots of money and the fear of losing a good portion of it to Apple… The other phone makers, the other mobile device makers, and the other makers of so-called “smartphone” software understand the massive threat Apple’s iPhone poses. They have no recourse but to start up the FUD campaign, desperately hoping to slow Apple’s assault on the market. There is so much money at stake that things will get very nasty, very quickly. The chits will be called in and the articles will get written… The real Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt is being felt by all of the companies that Apple [has] humiliated… They are very scared and rightfully so.SteveJack, MacDailyNews, January 10, 2007

85 Comments

  1. Ken Dulaney: “The iPhone… appears to be a great consumer device but has no redeeming qualities from the perspective of a business user”

    Except that its far better than any other business oriented smart phone out there with more capabilities and more promise than all the rest combined.

    It’s business oriented shortcomings will all be overcome in time, possibly sooner than later. It already surpasses the rest of them in many areas, including many that relate to businesses.

    For example you could load up a slide show and run it from your iPhone with a proper cable. What other smart phone could do that?

  2. …..doubts Apple’s assurance that the iPhone’s battery will provide up to eight hours of talk time, six hours of Internet use, seven hours of video, and 24 hours of music playback.

    ——————-

    The iPhone battery WILL NOT handle all of these estimated times combined..

    It is either 8 hours of talk OR 6 hours internet, OR 7 hours video OR 24 hours of music.

  3. While I am not getting one (the wife has denied that purchase request) I know FOR SURE if I wanted to use it on my company’s Exchange server, I could do it… wanna know why?

    I’m the guy who makes that happen. It’s my Exchange Server… security problems? Yeah, like all the other security problems I have with my fleets of Macs on my network.

    Again… I am what IT Douchebags fear… I speak both PC/Mac

    This story is FUD… pure and simple.

  4. “‘It doesn’t have any features that would make it successful as a business tool.” WTF? Are these guys high? The maps, mail, weather widget, contact organization, the way it handles voicemail, stocks widget and web access alone make this thing a fantastic business tool. This piece just reads as “I’m a blackberry drone, so iPhone is automatically bad and I must try and detract from it!”. Anyone who can’t see how fantastic a business tool the iPhone could be shouldn’t be doing business in the first place and is probably poor.

  5. This is what I hate about “business” IT people have been placed in a position where they can dictate what technology a business needs to run and what is or isn’t suitable for them. I struggle with this attitude each and every day in my business and more often than not I have to use their shitty Microsoft based solutions. I try to use Thunderbird, Firefox and so on where I can but I’m just one person and I get to the point where I need to get my work done so have to give in. Unfortunately I need some of these companies more than the need me. I’ll be damned if some IT twats are gonna tell me what phone I want and is suitable for me.

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