Best Argument: Yes
Audience Favored: Yes (77%)
Samsung can provide what enterprises need
Matt Baxter-Reynolds: At the moment, Apple is an especially important device within the market of professionals who want to bring their devices into the work environment, simply because Apple does and has for a long time appealed to that demographic.
The real question is: If this dominance slips and Samsung has more of a representation in that demographic, is Samsung able to play nicely? Firstly, I do think iPhone will be challenged by Samsung in the near future, with a possibility of challenging the iPad a little further out. Samsung's devices are starting to get very interesting and mature.
Secondly, yes, I think Samsung can provide what enterprises need, and therefore can get on approved lists for BYOD support. The company's recently introduced Knox is one example of what they're doing. Moreover, I believe they will do everything to rise to the challenge. Samsung knows it has an opportunity and is spending and behaving like an aggressive player in all markets. Enterprise is just another market opportunity to them alongside consumer, government and education.
Android still seen as too open
Matthew Miller: My small company is a BYOD organization, for smartphones, and my last survey shows 75% of employees are bringing the iPhone. The IT folks seem to like it because it is a tightly controlled OS and it is easy for them to explain how to lock and wipe devices for basic security measures.
Samsung is attempting to make a stronger move into the enterprise space by including Knox and SAFE technology. I see a lot more advertisements for their business security features and they may eventually gain momentum here.
However, Android is still seen as too open for many companies and there has been a lot of press around malware and other malicious happenings in the Android space. IT also appreciates Apple's ability to keep people's devices updated with regularity while Android updates vary by carriers and manufacturers.