Is the iPhone for business? Some say yes, some say no.
The Apple iPhone looks like an ideal business tool: Itï¿¼s a smartphone, just like a BlackBerry or Treo. It has a full-featured Web browser. Et cetera. I wrote a posting about recently ï¿¼ ï¿¼The iPhone is turning into a business tool.ï¿¼ However, not everyone agrees with me about that.
The Apple iPhone looks like an ideal business tool: Itï¿¼s a smartphone, just like a BlackBerry or Treo. It has a full-featured Web browser. Et cetera. I wrote a posting about recently ï¿¼ ï¿¼The iPhone is turning into a business tool.ï¿¼ However, not everyone agrees with me about that.Forrester Research ï¿¼ one of the most thoughtful analyst firms ï¿¼ states in a report that ï¿¼The iPhone Is Not Meant For Enterprises,ï¿¼ and specifically recommends that IT professionals not support the device.
Among the reasons enumerated by Forrester analyst Benjamin Gray is its complete lack of manageability ï¿¼ for example, you canï¿¼t encrypt the data, or ï¿¼zapï¿¼ it if the phone's stolen or lost.
Another challenge is that its consumer-friendly applications arenï¿¼t business-friendly. The built-in e-mail software is great for talking to Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail or your local phone companyï¿¼s mail service, but isnï¿¼t fully compatible with Microsoft Exchange, a dominant business e-mail system. Thatï¿¼s really bad news for business users.
However, all isnï¿¼t necessarily lost. Apple is currently searching for a software engineer to help enhance and test the iPhoneï¿¼s compatibility with Exchange Server. Keep your eyes open: a future iPhone software update might change Forresterï¿¼s mind.
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