Egnyte is a company that provides a combination of cloud based storage solutions and file storage. Its customer base runs the gamut from large corporations to smaller firms. As a result, the company is in a good position to judge what mobile platforms are being used in the enterprise. Based on 100,000 of Egnyte's customers during the 18 months through December 2012, the Apple iPhone rose from comprising 28% of Egnyte's customer base to 42%. But the gain seen for Apple's iconic smartphone in the corner office came at the expense of the Apple iPad, which saw its share of Egnyte's customer base drop from 40% to 27% over the same time span.
For Q1 of 2013, iOS has a 78% share of Egnyte's customers
The combined 69% of Egnyte's customers that used iOS by the end of last year more than doubled
the 30% figure belonging to Android phones and tablets. That number was the exact same share belonging to Google's open source OS that it earned in 2011. And despite Samsung's SAFE initiative that was seen in its recent Unicorn Apocalypse ads
that featured the Samsung Galaxy S III
and the Samsung GALAXY Note II
, iOS has continued to pick up share in the enterprise according to Egnyte's own customers which now show the Apple iPhone with a 48% share
and the Apple iPad with 30%. The combined iOS share of 78% trounces the 22% seen for Android phones and tablets. Does this have anything to do with malware problems seen on Android
According to Good Technology, in Q4, 77% of devices activated by its customers were iOS flavored devices, up from 71% the year before. Android accounted for 22.7% of activations in the fourth quarter of 2012, down from 29% in 2011. According to the same source, the top 5 most activated devices by businesses in the fourth quarter started with the Apple iPhone 5
(32% of Q4 activations) on top followed by the Apple iPhone 4S
(20% of activations), Apple iPhone 4
(14%), the third-generation Apple iPad
(11.7%) and the Apple iPad 2
(7.7%). The top Android device in the period was the Samsung Galaxy S III with a 6% slice of Q4 activations.
Keep in mind that these are just based on the customers belonging to Egnyte and Good Technology and may not precisely be what is happening in offices everywhere.
"While initially iPads dominated our use, iPhones have taken over. 2011 use showed the iPad accounting for 40% of our usage, in 2012 iPhones are now 42% of usage, and Android has remained constant at about 30% of use. There are two interesting points here, first, Apple seems to have at least temporarily won the hearts and minds of business users with its products accounting for about 70% of our traffic. This is important because it’s a flip flop from the days of old, where Apple products were rarely seen in the corporate landscape. It’s also an indication that when BYOD rested control over what devices consumers used from IT, they overwhelmingly chose an easy to use product that focused on UI and usability, perhaps even at times over depth.
The second interesting point is that while tablets are certainly hot, iPhones are driving most of the traffic. This may be due to the fact that the iPad doesn’t replace a laptop yet as the corporate device of choice, but try and take a business person’s smartphone away from them, and you may not have a hand left. Smartphones are a must have, and we suspect that since people are already checking email on such a phone while they are working remotely, it’s an extra step to get out and bootup your tablet, so if you have a great phone app that does the same thing, just use it to view your files. Most editing we think still happens on the laptop/desktop. This ‘on the go’ access is further confirmed by the fact that only 31% of iPhone sessions occurred over wifi, that means over three-quarters of access happens via cellular services."-Egnyte