Technology change now happens at such a pace that companies can simply miss the boat if they blink. The battle for mobile platform supremacy across the enterprise market has taken everyone by surprise.
A recent survey by IDC suggests that developers are putting their money on iOS and Android to be dual platforms that corporate organisations should support (a dead heat at 44 per cent each). A mere seven per cent believe Windows Phone will be a major player; a pessimistic four per cent think BlackBerry still have a chance while only two per cent think HP will get a look in.
Thinking back five years would anyone have foreseen this? It could certainly be argued that until Apple entered the mobile space, few would have predicted the migration to mobile devices or the emergence of Apple and Google as leaders in the operating system ecosystem.
This has happened though and should be seen as a good thing for the industry. The fragmentation of platforms and devices was becoming a major constraint on budgetary considerations when developing enterprise apps, but now a clear division between the top two and the others should stop development prevarication.
One of the main reasons companies need to focus is security. Trying to secure an enterprise environment across multiple platforms is practically impossible. By focusing on two platforms companies will be able to simplify end user experience to deliver anytime/anywhere.
IT departments will now be able to have a clear visibility of their users and will be able give access to network resources based on identity, role and location and with that numerous application opportunities will be possible. The mobile enterprise has just got one step closer.