If the latest published report from ABI is any indication, Apple is off to a rough start to 2014 in terms of regaining industry faith in the company’s ability to innovate.
ABI Research’s Enterprise Smartphone vendor matrix concluded that, overall, Samsung is number one followed closely by Apple, with BlackBerry rounding out the top three.
If you’re not familiar, the vendor matrix ranks companies based on scoring in Implementation and Innovation categories.
Nine smartphone OEMs were compared on eighteen criteria including workspace management solutions, partnerships and business customer adoption. Samsung’s large and diversified partner network coupled with it being the first Android OEM to offer an integrated enterprise solution pushed the company to the number one spot.
“The vendor matrix score separating Samsung and Apple was less than a single point,” the report summary shared with MMW reads. “Apple received extremely high marks in Implementation due to high iOS smartphone adoption by business users and because its smartphones are the most activated device within EMM/MDM platforms. Samsung, on the other hand, was ranked as more Innovative with a wider range of enterprise devices and better security features. Samsung’s higher Innovation scores lead to its number one ranking.”
ABI Practice Director Dan Shey says that with the maturing of the smartphone market, “we expect OEMs to increasingly broaden their enterprise offerings. The result is that the rankings earned by Samsung, Apple, and BlackBerry will both shift and be challenged as enterprise becomes more reliant on mobile devices, apps, and services.”