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12/7/2007
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iPhone Flaws Not Stopping Business Users

In a telling move, SAP will introduce a new version of its upcoming customer relationship management software for the iPhone before launching versions RIM and Palm.

In a telling move, SAP will introduce a new version of its upcoming customer relationship management software for the iPhone before launching versions RIM and Palm.The reason? According to Reuters, not because of market share, but because "SAP's own salespeople were clamoring for it, saying the iPhone was easier to use."

So while we here at bMighty (along with others) like to make fun of the iPhone's business limitations (no "push" email, no "real" keyboard, limitations on third-party apps, only connecting to AT&T's relatively slow EDGE network, etc.), the thing is just so darn cool that businesspeople want to use it for everything they can.

Heck, I'd be thrilled to trade in my aging company-supplied BlackBerry 8700c for an iPhone. (Of course, I'd be also thrilled to trade it in for a new BlackBerry Curve or even a Palm Centro.) Like most gadget freaks, I'd happily put up with manually retrieving my email and tapping on the virtual keyboard to do my work in exchange for the iPhone's superior industrial design, cool inteface, and clever features. I think most businesspeople would.

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