According to a report from AppleInsider, oil field services provider Halliburton has decided to drop Research In Motion's BlackBerry platform in favor of Apple's iOS for its workforce.
An internal newsletter outlined the plan for the nearly 70,000 employees who work for Halliburton in more than 70 countries. "Over the next year, we will begin expanding the use of our mobile technology by transitioning from the BlackBerry (RIM) platform that we currently use to smartphone technology via the iPhone."
After what is dubbed as significant research, Halliburton determined that Apple's iOS offers greater security, capabilities, and control when considering future app development for the company.
Of course this is a huge blow to RIM as it continues to fall from its once prominent place in the smartphone industry (RIM suffered another huge blow recently, when it was announced that the military could switch to the Android platform). On the other side of the coin, Apple gains yet another endorsement from a major corporation, further silencing arguments that iOS is not cut out for enterprise applications.
A spokeswoman for Halliburton confirmed the technology shift to AppleInsider, stating that, "approximately 4,500 Halliburton employees currently have BlackBerrys. We are making this transition in order to better support our mobile applications initiatives."
The transition should be completed in the next two years.
Has Apple finally turned the corner when considering the iPhone and iOS for enterprise use? Let me know your thoughts in the comments!