RIM's Q1 2012 earning report was sad, and now we are hearing reports that it may partner with Microsoft to prevent further loses. But its decline isn't surprising, given the popularity of BYOD in the workplace.
In Q1 2012, Good Technology, which provides a secure operating environment for mobile apps and management tools for them, found that 97.3 percent of its tablet activations were iPads. They also found that enterprise customers prefer iPhones and iPads. Overall, the iPhone 4S is the number one device, accounting for 37 percent of all activations for the first quarter. The new iPad didn't do so badly either, accounting for 4.3 percent of all activations for the quarter. Android devices account for 26.1 percent of activations. However, Android tablets only accounted for 2.7 percent.
According to Good, "these results demonstrate that companies continue to both embrace the "bring your own device" (BYOD) trend and accept new devices into the enterprise including leading organizations such as Nationwide, Alegent Health and Arizona Public Services."
Though employees generally don't like working in secure containers such as Good's, companies do need to figure out a mobile device management (MDM) system that they can put in place to secure sensitive information.