MacDailyNews Take: The IT guys are in for a rude awakening and the iPhone is only the beginning. They will have to accommodate the iPhone. Too many important employees will demand it and IT won't be able to stem the tide. The fact is that business people will decide which device they want to carry and their businesses will adapt to it. Just as they did with "Microsoft-incompatible" Research In Motion's Blackberry. Apple's iPhone will be a success with business users whether the IT guy wants it or even whether AT&T and Apple tailor marketing to businesses or not.
Note to CEOs: Who runs the company, you or the IT guy? It's your job to make the decisions and it's the IT guy's job to implement your decisions that relate to technology. Just as with Macs, you need to educate yourself instead of relying on someone with their own, possibly hidden, agendas to make extremely important technology decisions for your company. Most of you could be saving a LOT of money right now, but you aren't because you've delegated an important part of your company's decision-making to people who, frankly, in our experience, aren't capable of making good, sound, strategic, long-term decisions. Most IT guys (and we know many) are not open-minded enough to be able to consider new, better, more effficient, more effective options that would benefit your company. In fact, most IT guys we've met will throw up road blocks and repeat myths until they're blue in the face in order to avoid change. Especially change that might make their department less critical or smaller. Bottom line: most of you CEOs have given the IT guy way, way, way too much power. It's time to take it back.
The iPhone in a corporate environment? Have they lost their minds. The iPhone just isn't built around that sort of environment. Businesses don't use Yahoo! to handle their e-mail, most businesses use Outlook and Exchange, does the iPhone sync with Outlook? No. Employees who need e-mails pushed to their devices like with Blackberries and Windows Mobile devices are out of luck with the iPhone, I guess they'll visit Yahoo! Mail, or try and jiggle up POP3, and hope they don't have many e-mails waiting, the iPhone lacking 3G and only having Wi-Fi when you sign up for an AT&T data plan would make that rather painful. Then what about security? Oh dear, stolen or lost iPhone with corporate data on? Devices for the corporate market have security, Windows Mobile devices can be set to erase if the password is entered incorrectly.
Then they have the nerve to call "most IT guys" not open-minded enough. The fact is these Mac zealots of closed-minded to the possibility that their platform, well it's not even a platform, their phone isn't for businesses. Worse still they urge CEOs to take charge of IT in companies, yeah put somebody who probably isn't an expert in technology in charge of the IT department, great call and fantastic business sense there.