Australia's Treasury Department switches from BlackBerry to iPhone

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in iPhone edited January 2014
In yet another blow to BlackBerry, the Australian Treasury Department has opted to switch away from the platform in favor of Apple's iPhone and iOS, with the transition expected to be completed within the next month and a half.

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The Treasury will replace 250 BlackBerry devices with new iPhone 5s, reports ZDNet Australia, and is also planning to roll out an as-yet-undisclosed number of iPads to staff, ministers' offices and other agencies run by the department.

According to chief information officer Peter Alexander, the decision to switch came after the Defence Signals Directorate, Australia's signals intelligence agency, certified Apple's iOS for government applications. Alexander said the new devices would be controlled by device management platform AirWatch.

When asked about BlackBerry's announcement of BB10 and two new handsets, the Z10 and Q10, Alexander was unsure if the company would be able to make a comeback.

"BlackBerry has pretty limited capability," he said. "With the new one being launched, it's almost too late. Maybe it'll catch up, maybe it won't."

As for Android, the DSD has yet to certify a single device running Google's mobile operating system.

"In the coldest and cruelest way to look at it, there was no decision for us, really," Alexander said. "We looked at it in terms of usability and functionality, Android phones are perfectly adequate [?] but it was really a decision we didn't have much option in."

The Australian Treasury Department is the latest government body to make the leap to iOS. In Apple's quarterly conference call for the first quarter of 2013, Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said a number of U.S. agencies are issuing iPhones "by the thousands," including NASA, NOAA, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and the Transportation and Security Administration.
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  • Reply 1 of 49
    Smart move
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  • Reply 3 of 49
    In order for these deployments, Apple has to have worked out the backend services to meet government requirements. Let's hope we see a push for those enterprise quality services to trickle down to the consumer level.
  • Reply 4 of 49
    Some folks say Apple should run the country, screw that. They are after the world.

  • Reply 5 of 49
    jpvnjpvn Posts: 40member
    Blackberry who?
  • Reply 6 of 49
    sflocalsflocal Posts: 4,421member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

    ...

    "In the coldest and cruelest way to look at it, there was no decision for us, really," Alexander said. "We looked at it in terms of usability and functionality, Android phones are perfectly adequate ..." - said no one with a clue.

     




    Android being the malware-infested/fragmented beast it is, any company that chooses Android in its current iteration is simply someone that truly has no clue or business being in the position they are in.  Probably some fandroid techie manager that hates a polished, packaged solution.



    Heck, I'd choose iOS/Win8/Blackberry in that order before I allow Android a single step in the enterprise arena.

  • Reply 7 of 49

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    Originally Posted by bro2ma View Post



    But the new Blackberry Z10 is off to a record setting start!



    http://allthingsd.com/20130206/blackberry-z10-jumps-off-to-a-record-setting-start-in-canada-and-u-k/?mod=tweet


    You forgot to add that the 'record' is relative to previous Blackberry releases. Yippee.

  • Reply 8 of 49
    timbittimbit Posts: 331member
    You forgot to add that the 'record' is relative to previous Blackberry releases. Yippee.

    True, but BB did have some pretty big releases back in the day. If they can match those numbers they are doing well
  • Reply 9 of 49
    T[quote name="Timbit" url="/t/155849/australias-treasury-department-switches-from-blackberry-to-iphone#post_2272690"]
    True, but BB did have some pretty big releases back in the day. If they can match those numbers they are doing well[/quote
    They didn't, the record is based on the fact that retailers ran out of units but the end of day one, but it doesn't include how many units each store had in stock, so in other words, no record broken
  • Reply 10 of 49
    bro2ma wrote: »

    I would hope so. The smartphone market is nearly 50 times greater than their previous sales record.
  • Reply 11 of 49
    mjtomlinmjtomlin Posts: 1,798member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer View Post



    In order for these deployments, Apple has to have worked out the backend services to meet government requirements. Let's hope we see a push for those enterprise quality services to trickle down to the consumer level.


     


    What do you mean by this? Why can't agencies develop and use their own backend services? Any institution (and developer) is free to deploy their own apps without going through the AppStore.

  • Reply 12 of 49
    drblankdrblank Posts: 3,383member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by bro2ma View Post



    But the new Blackberry Z10 is off to a record setting start!



    http://allthingsd.com/20130206/blackberry-z10-jumps-off-to-a-record-setting-start-in-canada-and-u-k/?mod=tweet


    I don't go by what All Things Digital have to say.  I find their articles to be lacking.  I almost don't even read their articles anymore.  I don't have much faith in their journalism.  to me, they are about the same level as The Star.

  • Reply 13 of 49


    Psssst...don't use iOS Maps or else you'll find yourself 40km away from your intended destination.....without food, water or fuel. image

  • Reply 14 of 49
    I guess that their iPhone's iOS have to be custom made with strong security settings in place.
  • Reply 15 of 49
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  • Reply 16 of 49
    Psssst...don't use iOS Maps or else you'll find yourself 40km away from your intended destination.....without food, water or fuel. :rolleyes:



    This is a really cheep remark. Since I have the new map application I never had any problem with it in Australia! Discprinter, pull yourself together and admit you are using anecdotal evidences!
  • Reply 17 of 49

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by mjtomlin View Post


     


    What do you mean by this? Why can't agencies develop and use their own backend services? Any institution (and developer) is free to deploy their own apps without going through the AppStore.



     


    I'm talking from the perspective an ex-NeXT/ex-Apple engineer when we had contracts with the CIA, FBI and other departments, to Wall Street firms and we built custom kernels and addons for NeXTStep/Openstep and OS X.


     


    I would think custom lock down features for the iOS rolled out by NASA or the NSA would be images you and I will not have clearance to use, but will be jointly developed per their requirements packages and thus jointly held IP. It would be nice with the heavy security credentials Apple has amassed in staffing that some of these designs move out of the theoretical computing research department and make it into iCloud, other distributed services and the client side.

  • Reply 18 of 49


    Glad I'm apple.

  • Reply 19 of 49
    bro2ma wrote: »

    What record setting? You link to an article that states: "The company declined to provide any hard sales numbers."

    Nice pic over there though
    1000
  • Reply 20 of 49
    asciiascii Posts: 5,941member


    Does the government really need to be buying iPhone 5s for their staff? Surely an iPhone 4 or 4S would suffice.

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