Apple Enterprise Growth Called Frantic
Fans of the fairer platform will be happy to hear that the percentage of Macs, iPhones, iPads, etc in corporate settings more than doubled over the last three years. Yes, Apple enterprise users are still a minority, but we’re a much, much larger and apparently noisier bunch than ever before.
An April 2014 study by JAMF Software, based on a survey of 309 IT professionals, sought to quantify the Apple enterprise growth phenomenon and the authors were oft stunned at how big “a thing” it has become:
The adoption rate of Apple devices is frantic in the IT environment. In 2011, 67 percent of the companies indicated that Apple devices made up less than 10 percent of the end user devices. In just three years, 68 percent of the companies now state that Apple devices account for more than 10 percent of all end user devices. 35 percent of the companies today reveal that 25 percent or more of end user devices are now Apple products.
— Over 90 percent of businesses support Apple devices
— 98 percent expect significant growth of Apple devices over the next three years
— 20 percent of respondents indicated that more staff will be hired to manage the increasing number of Apple devices
— 40 percent stated they will receive increased budget to support the growing number of Apple devices
Additionally, more than two-thirds of those surveyed expected Apple enterprise device penetration to increase by 25 percent. Roughly 28 of respondents say Apple enterprise growth will growth by at least half, wow.
With Mac + iPhone + iPad integration growing ever tighter in OS X Yosemite and iOS 8, both due for release this Fall, I expect users to push even harder for Apple enterprise support from their IT departments.
The report (pdf), which has been published publicly by Dimensional Research, contains a wealth of stats and quotables. Read it at your leisure…
Via: Network World