Palm Has Strong Enterprise Presence
Many analysts and journalists criticize Palm for having a small percentage of sales to large companies and claim that PPC has a much higher percentage. David Nagel, head of Palm's OS and software division, recently called this a triumph of wishful thinking over data. Several recent studies back him up.
IDC questioned more than 1,100 IT managers from all sizes of businesses and found that Palm handhelds outstrip all others overwhelmingly, with 60% of the companies currently purchasing Palm branded handhelds. Handspring was in a tie for number two with less than 30%. The Palm OS platform is likewise supported by more than 60% of the companies -- which is nearly double that of any other operating system.
Jupiter Research's study asked nearly 400 executives across a range of industries about their mobile application development plans. It found that 83% of the respondents said their companies plan to support Palm Powered devices for mobile applications; this number is nearly double that of Pocket PC devices.
In a study of more than 100 U.S. corporations with more than 500 employees done by the Yankee Group, more than 30% of the respondents said they expected to use a Palm handheld for their mobile workforce. The only other technology they planned to deploy more broadly was a notebook computer.
In an interview with CNN recently, Mr. Nagel said, "If you look at the numbers of products that are out there, the applications that are out there, the intention to buy, and the percentage of people actually using these products in the enterprise, we're not only No. 1, we're No. 1 by and enormous margin. So frankly, I think the honest assessment and as objective I can be is that we really are being out-marketed. And obviously we have to fix that."
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