Four out of 10 sales of the iPhone are made to enterprise users. When the iPhone came out, what most people heard in the first year from ‘07 to ‘08 was oh my God, it’s not BlackBerry secure. This is not going to work on the enterprise space.
At the end of the day, it’s just software. That’s all it is. And by the time the 3G came out in ‘08 they had solved about 80% of the security issues.
So enterprises today view the iPhone as a mobile computer. It happens to have a voice application on it.
via AT&T exec: 4 out of 10 of our iPhone sales to enterprises | ZDNet.
Compare Apple’s approach to that of Nokia:
British bank Standard Chartered is replacing the Blackberry, currently its standard corporate communication device, with the iPhone.
The process of migrating corporate email services from the Blackberry to the iPhone started about a month ago, said the spokeswoman, although she did not know how many of the Asia-focused bank’s 75,000 employees used company-issued Blackberries or when the switchover could be completed.
via Apple’s iPhone replaces Blackberry for some bankers | Reuters.
I remember reading once that the iPhone was not suitable for Enterprise use.