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Samsung can deliver
As the other Matt says, it's not like Apple is going to sit idly by while Samsung eats its lunch.
But this particular fight isn't fought out in corporate procurement. No Apple representative is going to visit the CTO of a business and wine and dine them with a hope to getting their employees to buy iPhones for their personal phones. That's just plain illogical.
I think it's a huge mistake to write off Apple, claim that the iOS UI is outmoded, etc. What's changing is that someone has worked out how they might be able to "out-Apple Apple" within the general market. I'm surprised it's Samsung -- I didn't really see that coming.
So Samsung and the other Android players will get more play in BYOD scenarios simply because they will get more play generally. And I hope firms allow Android devices in. Points about the malware problem on Android are valid and well made. It would be *much* better if we didn't have to worry about that. But the MDM story on Android is first-rate. Tools such as SAFE prove that Samsung can deliver the features that enterprises want.
Don't underestimate Apple
It's always a pleasure debating with Matt across the pond as he brings a perspective from outside the US and challenges me to think more about the subject at hand. Even though we debated the Samsung - Apple BYOD issue you can see we had many agreements about what Samsung and/or Google need to do to challenge Apple in the enterprise space.
These include changing security perceptions, continuing to promote an entire line of Galaxy products, and getting the word out that enterprise security and mobility is a focus for Samsung.
The problem for Samsung is that Apple isn't going to sit idly by and let them take over. I have seen an increase in promotion of the enterprise space from Apple and know that employees are still bringing in new iPhones to the office without even much consideration for other platforms. Apple released an expensive iPad upgrade targeted to towards the enterprise and I think we are going to see more from them in 2013.
The key word is 'can'
As much as I hate to vote with the crowd when judging these debates, I have to go with Matt Baxter-Reynolds on the Samsung-Apple-BYOD debate.
The key word in the debate is "can." Samsung has all the parts to be an enterprise player and definitely has the consumer market share. Samsung certainly can be a BYOD star. The problem is some things are out of Samsung's control. Enterprises tend to like inertia, as Matthew Miller noted. And now that Apple is embedded, it will be hard to root out.