quote: Sure they have a lot of room to grow in the enterprise sector, when you're on the bottom there's nowhere else TO go...
quote: Apple is in a fascinating position when it comes to the enterprise: it turns out that iOS is the best choice for enterprise from a product perspective. Blackberry has the integration, but everything else is obsolete; Android has less-effective device management built in and suffers from the usual Android fragmentation issues (which are improving), while Windows Phone, shockingly, has only in the last update added basics such as VPN support.However, especially in the enterprise, product is not enough; in fact, very few devices are sold to enterprises as-is. Rather, they are delivered as part of “solutions”, the total cost of which is multiples greater than the underlying device. These “solutions” include things like custom software, implementation, training, consulting, and service contracts. Each of these pieces is fully customizable and negotiable for each enterprise customer, and it is for this you need a massive sales force. Ultimately, no matter how good of a product the iPhone may be, without the sales force and willingness to build “solutions” – the right go-to-market, in Cook’s words – Apple was never going to fully realize the enterprise opportunity.
quote: One thing that you seem to completely overlook is that Microsoft already have a huge presence in cloud enterprise, which is showing no signs of slowing. Azure is the backbone to many of, not just Microsoft's, but its competitiors, services (iCloud for example).This is an area which Apple has absolutely zero presence. It will take a lot for the Apple-IBM alliance to even disrupt this market, where Microsoft and Amazon seem to be trouncing the competition.
quote: My point is that many of Microsoft's services are already available on the iPad. With their new strategy of being more open, this is an area that will only continue to grow in Microsoft's favour as they continue to develop more services and applications for the iPad.
quote: Another thing your friend Ben Thomson completely overlooks is Windows 8/8.1 tablets. Claiming the iPad has the best enterprise features, whilst completely overlooking a full-fledged Windows OS loses all credibility.
quote: Windows 8.1 (snappy title BTW, it really emphasises the distance between the new release and the old version 8 :)
quote: Huh? It is bad for MS to use a point release? How long has Apple been using OSX 10.x? Since 2001.
quote: Nice... Yup, there are some simply breathtaking natural wonders to visit in the US. Yosemite and Sedona are two others to hit if you havent yet.
quote: resale valueErrr....in the Enterprise?LOL.
quote: As we noted in the Apple earnings article, IDC reports that tablet sales in part are being affected by the growing appeal of “phablet” devices. “The market [is] being impacted by the rise of large-screen smartphones and longer than anticipated ownership cycles,” said IDC’s Jean Philippe Bouchard.