iPhone Winning Corporate Customers

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Dec 6, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    A Reuters report indicates that Apple's iPhone has started making inroads with corporate customers despite initial criticisms about its suitability for that market.

    Earlier this week, SAP announced that they would be introducing a version of their sales-force automation software for the iPhone before introducing mobile versions for more traditional corporate devices, such as the BlackBerry and Treo.
    A few other factors, however, still need to be addressed, according to analysts, before the iPhone can be fully adopted. This includes integration with push-email and Outlook/Exchange compatibility.

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  2. macrumors 68020


    Jul 1, 2007
    Sherman Oaks
  3. macrumors 6502


    Sep 10, 2007
    So are they going to have a "corporate mode?" I don't see the iPhone being a useful device for mass email. It gets the job done, but my mail app still doesn't scale for some emails.
  4. Guest


    Jan 7, 2007
    Apple is a big SAP customer... Duh!

    Umm, another reason is that Apple is an SAP customer with over 200 users... Duh! I would guess Steve Jobs or other Apple folks were involved somehow... See:
  5. macrumors 6502

    Jun 24, 2007
    You burst my bubble of excitement.
  6. macrumors regular


    Jan 22, 2003
    Heathfield, UK
    o2 in the Uk better get their finger out. I have a company phone with o2 and when I asked to be able to put my O2 sim into an iPhone they told me that iphones were not for corporate customers and it would not work.

    Come on o2...I want an iPhone - Steve can you give them a nudge it is worth another sale isn't it?

  7. macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    Until the iPhone is officially unlocked from being on a particular network in each country, it'll never get established in the corporate environment. Most major (and often the minor) companies have big contracts with mobile phone networks, so they're tied in and can't just switch to another one at the drop of a hat.
  8. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2004
    Tallahassee, FL
    yes to push email support, yes to exchange *calendaring* and *address book* support.

    but i've been using my iphone with exchange mail for the past few months and it works flawlessly. and since it's IMAP, if a message is read on my computer at work, it's marked read when it gets to my phone. it works great.

    the author needs to help kill the myth that the iphone doesn't work with exchange... it does, just only with mail currently, which is the most important feature of exchange. i will love to see calendar and address book support one day.
  9. macrumors 68000


    Jan 13, 2005
    No calendar support? Oh, forget it then. I'll stick to my Treo for now.
  10. macrumors member

    Aug 2, 2005
    That is exactly why people find it effective: it keeps people from spamming a bunch of irrelevant sales BS and PPT decks around--if you want "corporate mode" stick to blackberry.
  11. macrumors 6502

    Nov 22, 2005
    Rocky Face, GA
    Can the iPhone be linked into a Business AT&T account? I was just hired as an IT director for a company and they are with AT&T for their cell service. I would like to get the iPhone if possible, but not sure what the restrictions are on account type.

  12. macrumors 6502

    Dec 4, 2007
    Until the iPhone can sync calendar, address books, and mail with exchange it will be a fringe corporate phone at best. Rumor a while back was that they would license active sync from Microsoft but I haven't heard anything in months. Jobs himself said something to Walt Mossberg about some testing with corporate customers but I can't find a link to the article right now (this was at least 4 months ago).
  13. macrumors member

    Nov 26, 2007
    No corporate discount yet. I heard possibly February when the sdk comes out. Probably with support for office.
  14. macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2006
    I'm able to sync my address book and calendar between Outlook/Exchange at work, Google Calendar and contacts, iCal and Address Book. All by using Plaxo. It runs an app on each box that synchronizes it with a central server. It isn't native support, but it gets the job done and it's free.


    I also have my interesting mail forwarded to a special Yahoo push email address. The push is not always reliable, but better than nothing.

    I'd love to see native support for all of this, but at least these options help in the meantime.
  15. Editor emeritus


    Jul 10, 2003
    Falls Church, VA
    Not exactly a "big" SAP user. There are corporations that use SAP for thousands of seats. But good find none-the-less
  16. macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2007
    If your running a hacked iPhone, and want (almost) push email with a regular imap account, check out imapidle. Its works. Though it does not download the emails in the mail app. It just notifies you that you have new email. Its not quite push email, but the closest thing you can get at the moment.

    It does crash without telling you sometimes, though I have not had that happen in ~2 weeks.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    Not so much.
  18. macrumors 65816


    Aug 4, 2007
    Yea not yet. They really need to build more groundwork on the professional level and offer more services / features.

    I don't consider the iPhone a BlackBerry competitor, I seem them both in their own field.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2007
    Jobs says "coming weeks"

    It was actually in the USA Today and here is the question and Jobs' response:

    Q: What about corporate e-mail? I understand that's an issue for many consumers, who may not be able to hook up to their company networks?

    Jobs: You'll be hearing more about this in the coming weeks. We have some pilots going with companies with names you'll recognize. This won't be a big issue.

    Here is the entire article if you are interested: http://www.usatoday.com/tech/techinvestor/corporatenews/2007-06-28-jobs-stephenson-qa_N.htm

    That was a few days before the launch of the iPhone. The "coming weeks" comment doesn't hold much water anymore.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Feb 19, 2006
    True. A pretty dumb (and misleading) statement by Jobs actually. He should not have put a timeframe on it.
  21. macrumors regular

    Jan 5, 2006
    The failure to even remotely live up to that promise has angered me more than anything else Apple has done.
  22. macrumors regular


    Sep 5, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    crash my blackberry

    But hold on! I have a 40MB PPT deck with essential sales that has to get out to everyone! :D
  23. macrumors G3


    Jun 3, 2006
    One Nation Under Gordon
    Yes, but Exchange isn't an IMAP server. It just happens to be one of the more useless-for-corporate-use stuff it does.

    I wonder if Dataviz will / will be allowed to (if there are any restrictions in the licensing agreements with Microsoft - I doubt any such restrictions exist but who knows) develop Roadsync for iPhone. That would be interesting.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Steven Ballmer

    Dec 9, 2007
    Redmond, WA
    Sap is one far from modern company. have you ever used that crap, zm42, zp17, rl55, zp22, .....

    stupid beyond belief!
  25. macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006

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