updated 02:10 pm EDT, Thu May 26, 2011
Deutsche Bank in iPhone e-mail trial with Good
Apple has landed a coup in the enterprise as early reports have emerged that Deutsche Bank has launched another iPhone e-mail trial. The project uses a Good Technology app to check company e-mail more securely than what iOS can normally offer. If successful, the new trial described by SAI could let workers opt to use an iPhone and either switch from a BlackBerry or start off with an iPhone in the first place.
One anecdote from an employee relaying information about the trial suggested it was proving successful. "One of my co-workers doesn't even use his Blackberry anymore," he said. "He just leaves it plugged in and forwards the calls to his iPhone."
Deutsche Bank hadn't confirmed the plans.
Good's app is effectively a conduit that encrypts and decrypts mail on the fly without needing the feature to be built into the OS. The app can also access company intranets and other services without having to change settings or enable a VPN on the phone. So far, it's available on both Android and iOS but has until now had only modest adoption among banks, Union Bank being the one major exception.
Good has seen rapidly increasing activations on iPhones that could suggest a changing trend. The largest group of Good activations comes from financial services, approaching almost 30 percent.
RIM may have reason to be concerned for the trial. The company's core phone market share is still based around large-scale corporate deals, where the BlackBerry's encrypted push e-mail is considered the standard. Most of the BlackBerry market share decline in the US and worldwide has come from home users but is increasingly coming from companies who are either switching to iPhones or, more often, allowing use of other devices. Apple has estimated that about 80 percent of the Fortune 500 are either trialing or deploying iPhones.