A number of small security software developers are helping Apple’s iPhone gain a foothold within corporations once the exclusive domain of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry.
The shift reflected efforts by some companies to accommodate the preference of many employees for Apple’s iconic smartphone, a trend which has led software makers to develop programs to deliver secure email and other data over the iPhone.
The status of BlackBerry’s security features as the industry standard is not under threat. However, the new programs could mean many employees might no longer need to carry a company-sponsored BlackBerry in addition to their personal iPhones.
One company experimenting is Deutsche Bank. In conjunction with California-based software maker Good Technology, the German bank is delivering corporate email to some employees in a trial its internal analyst deemed “overwhelmingly positive” despite some minor flaws.