Talk of Apple making a major push into the business space in 2011 has been floating around for months now. But if Apple's latest quarterly reports are to be believed, the company is in fact claiming some very big names to its list of converts.
During this week's earnings call, COO Tim Cook rattled off a few interesting facts about iOS uptake amongst top businesses. Most notably, Cook estimates that as much as 83 per cent of the fortune 500 was using an iOS device.
This statement of course leaves some wiggle room, as it doesn't specify just how large those deployments are and who precisely is using them, but it does indicate that the talk of Apple pushing into the business sector isn't just lip service.
Perhaps just as important at this point as stats, the vendor sentiment around iOS seems to really be heating up. Where it was news not long ago to see limited enterprise support for the iPhone, everyone from Microsoft to Salesforce.com is taking pains to not only develop an iOS application, but also feature them prominently in demos.
For so long the big enterprise hurdle on the MacOS was a lack of many major enterprise platforms. Thus far the iOS has seen little of those worries. Developers big and small are telling reporters that the decision to develop an iPhone or iPad app is not just a side project or an attempt to hit a niche market, but rather a full-fledged push to respond to customer demands and expand the reach of their products in a big way.
There is still a lot of time left in 2011, but so far those predictions of Apple hitting it big in the enterprise safe are looking very good.
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