I’m an avid wireless user and love the iphone for many reasons, but I’ll stick with my BlackBerry. Here’s why:
- Our corporate plan uses Verizon wireless. And my home neighborhood does not get any AT&T reception. Two strikes right there.
- I would rather have our IT dept support fewer devices and support them well then try to accommodate every new device. For example, recently I was about to head to the airport and realized I had forgotten my charger — and they happened to have a spare. How likely would that have been if I had a nonstandard or less popular device?
- Despite the increasing use of consumer-like features and devices in the workplace, unless you have a big Gen Y constituency to support or a CEO who insists on the latest technology, my bet for the CIOs I talk to is that they won’t be rushing to embrace iphones. Standardization rules except where it gives you a competitive advantage, and mobile devices are basically commodities regarding the business value they offer. So unless it’s some kind of a “perk” move or the iphone more easily supports mobile apps that employees will actually use, there is no great incentive to support them.
But to the others out there… prove me wrong!