Apps deployed on iPhone and iPad dominate in the enterprise

Matt Hamblen, Computerworld (US)
18 October, 2013
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Companies are using the iOS platform more than 95 percent of the time to launch their custom and standard commercial apps, a new survey of Good Technology’s 5000 global customers found.

The survey found that enterprises deployed apps in the second quarter of 2013 about 98 percent of the time on iOS devices and about 95 percent of the time on iOS in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Good Technology said that Android enterprise app deployments tripled from Q2 to Q3, but didn’t offer a percentage.

That Android app increase is “hinting at the enterprise becoming more comfortable with Android as a viable and secure platform,” Good Technology said in its nine-page report on the survey.

Overall, enterprise customer app adoption grew by 52 percent from the second quarter to the third, while overall mobile app activations rose by 42 percent from quarter to quarter, Good Technology said.

The survey also found that tablets are the most popular device for mobile app usage among Good Technology’s customers, with 81 percent of apps activated in Q3 done so on tablets. Good Technology is a US vendor of mobile device management software. Its customers represent a cross-section of industry, from financial services to manufacturing and government.

Among the most popular were document editing apps, which made up 56 percent of all commercial app activations in the third quarter, Good said, while file access and syncing comprised nearly 20 percent of app activations. For tablets, 91 percent of the apps activated in the third quarter were document editing apps. A variety of custom apps were the most popular for smartphones.

In terms of actual numbers of devices activated by Good Technology’s customers, the financial services industry dominated in both quarters, with nearly 38 percent of all smartphone and tablet activations at the end of the third quarter. Manufacturing had the largest increase of iPad activations, showing a 32 percent increase from the second to the third quarters.

Overall, iPads made up 90 percent of tablet activations in the third quarter, while Android reached 16 percent in the second quarter and fell back to 10 percent in the third quarter.

Overall, iPhone activations have held steady in recent quarters, at 51 percent of total activations (which includes smartphones and tablets) at the end of the third quarter. Meanwhile, Android smartphones encompassed 21 percent of all activations by the end of the third quarter.

Good Technology didn’t offer percentages for smartphones separate from tablets, or provide raw numbers of users. The company said it counted internal data from customers with more than five devices in reaching its findings.

by Matt Hamblen, Computerworld

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