ZDNet Great Debate: The majority think Samsung will be an enterprise player

ZDNet Great Debate: The majority think Samsung will be an enterprise player

Summary: Samsung is challenging Apple in the consumer smartphone and tablet market, and is really starting to focus on the enterprise. I lost this debate as the majority also feel that Samsung is on the right path to success in business.


Earlier this week, I participated in another ZDNet Great Debate. This time I took on Matt Baxter-Reynolds in an attempt to defend an answer to "Can Samsung out-Apple Apple in BYOD?. I was arguing that Samsung cannot and that Apple will hold its own against Samsung, but Larry Dignan ruled in favor of the crowd with this one, as the key word in the debate is "can".

Samsung is a force to be reckoned with today, leading Android by a significant margin and continues to release products that sell millions. As Larry stated, Samsung has all the parts to be an enterprise player, and they are making attempts at doing so with Knox and LEAP technology in their latest smartphones.

The debate was enjoyable, as always, and I appreciated hearing Matt's perspective on the topic. I still think Apple will be hard to knock out as they, too, are making waves in the enterprise, but no matter what happens, the mobile world will continue to be dynamic and exciting for consumers and businesses.

Topics: Mobility, Android, Apple, iPhone, Samsung

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  • Apple is not actively making security software for their devices

    samsung is. I think over the next few years samsung is going to pick up a lot of momentum in enterprise, even if they won't top Apple this year.
    • Re: Apple not actively

      Dogs that bark do not bite.

      Apple have already and continue to tool iOS for easy enterprise integration and security management. It is no surprise, that many large corporations or government agencies chose iPhones and iPads for their infrastructure, despite the public opinion of these devices as 'expensive toys'. It is how the whole platform is designed that make it secure, or not.

      There is no doubt, that anyone, in this example, Samsung, might do the same, or at least similar thing with their products. There are however few questions that need straight answers:
      - are Samsung knowledgeable enough for this task. There is no evidence they are;
      - are Samsung serious enough? Any enterprise deployment will require long term commitment;
      - are Samsung willing to sacrifice their Android "openness" in order to be accepted as secure platform?;
      - can Samsung match Apple on support?
      and so on..
      • Re: sacrifice their Android "openness" in order to be accepted as secure pl

        Anybody who thinks openness is incompatible with security should not be trusted to understand either.
  • Pricing! Bigwigs like to keep money in their pockets.

    Both can provide and both software/hardware are reliable as the other. So at the end of the day it will come down to MONEY, this where I wonder if Apple is willing to compete in. Apple claims it delivers top notch products but we all have seen they have flaws like any other company.

    Enterprise are not the average consumer so unlike their average user Apple will have to listen and provide, which they have proven to lack in. Apple can deliver but they only deliver what they feel comfortable with or capable of doing.

    Samsung like Google listens and give what we ask for…well maybe not exactly what we want but something similar. Although what they deliver is not perfect just like ANY other company they listen and deliver. Enterprise like power and for people to listed and obey, so I think this is where Samsung/Google can deliver if given the change. Also I’m sure Samsung can be more competitive when it comes to pricing/MONEY.
  • Security is a concern for most enterprises today

    Thus, Samsung needs to up their game as its customization of stock Android has introduced exploitable vulnerabilities. More here:

    "Owning Samsung phones for fun (...but with no profit :-))

    Samsung, if it is going to continue with their customization of stock Android, needs to implement a security development lifecycle, respond to reported vulnerabilities more quickly and push security updates to their customers more quickly.

    If Samsung is really interested in the enterprise, then it should merge code from the security-enhanced Android (SEAndroid) project into their own code, unless Google steps up and does this for its stock Android.
    Rabid Howler Monkey
  • Samsung can accomplish anything

    Toaster, refrigerators, washing machines, TVs and smartphones. They cannot figure ut tablets yet, but is getting there through their S Pen and subtle "Note" branding strategy.