IT and the iPhone

The iPhone has been receiving a lot of attention lately from IT departments, and a recent article in the Wall Street Journal raised some interesting points about the adoption of the iPhone within corporate America.

I for one use a Blackberry, and have never been all the keen on purchasing an iPhone. When first released, I initially thought the iPhone was simply too expensive for American businesses to adopt as a sound alternative to other PDA and handheld devices. Yet I have to admit, I was wrong.

Adoption remains high, and the iPhone represents a perfect example of how consumer technologies are now influencing the way in which businesses adopt new technologies. The few times I’ve demoed one, I’ve been impressed with its simply, intuitive design and user interface, and certainly understand its appeal to mainstream America. Its large screen size and full-fledged Web browser can’t be topped by anything currently on the market.

But as the article points out, it all revolves around integration…integration that many business application providers are now tailoring their software solutions around. And as my colleague pointed out below, we’re one of them.

But in the meantime, it will be interesting to watch the continued fallout from the adoption of consumer products such as these on IT departments worldwide, as I expect this trend will play itself out for years and years to come.