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Survey: For enterprise workers, iPhone beats BlackBerry

November 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Enterprise has long been the projecting part of RIM and its BlackBerry devices, but it has been infiltrated by Apple and its challenger, the iPhone. A quarterly survey of enterprise companies by commercial Wi-Fi provider iPass, the iPhone has a 45 percentage of market share of mobile employee usage, surpassing the undisputed king BlackBerry. This is the first time that BlackBerry has been overtaken.

IPass’s Mobile WorkForce Report was released on Wednesday. It has collected data from a survey of more than 2,300 mobile enterprise workers at 1,100 companies between the end of September and the end of October. Many of the world’s richest companies are on the iPhone vogue already. Apple said last month that “90 percent of Fortune 500 companies” are distributing iPhones for their workers. But the iPass’s report provides a bit of broader picture of differently sized companies that have iPhones on their network. The iPhones’ popularity for mobile workers is not the outcome of taking market share from RIM. It is also because of the expansion of market too. The report says,

Today 95 percent of mobile employees have smartphones, up from 85 percent in 2010, with 91 percent using their smartphone for work — a 26 percent rise compared to 2010.

At the Mobilize conference in September, a crew of mobile IT execs declared 2011 the year smartphones got their own reputed place in the enterprise. “2011 was the year mobile IT was born,” Bob Tinker, CEO of MobileIron, said at the time. “It was the year the IT industry figured out mobile, and it’s the year that mobile figured out IT … Every small, medium and large enterprise around the world is going to be deploying smartphones and tablets at scale over the next 12 to 18 months.”

Regarding tablets, iPass says that they are on the rise, but have a ways to go to be at the smartphone level of penetration in the enterprise, with 44 percent of those surveyed using an iPad at work, related to that of 33 percent in the second quarter of this year. The reason for the surge of mobile devices in adoption among enterprise workers is not necessarily because of the expansion of IT budgets. IPass states the reason as follows:

This is due in part to the adoption of “bring your own device” policies by enterprises. Currently 42 percent of mobile employees use individually-liable smartphones for work, up from 34 percent last year.

IT departments are being faced with people wanting to use their own iPhone or Android phone from home for work, something RIM never figured out.  “RIM never got people to want to pay for the device themselves,” Julie Palen, SVP of enterprise telecom expense management company Tangoe, said in September. “That’s what Apple brought. And Android and Google followed.”

Source: gigaom

RIM’s PlayBook Push: Buy Two, Get One Free

October 29, 2011 Leave a comment

RIM’s uninvited PlayBook has seen its fair share of price cuts at your local big box retailers, but here is a deal just for all you you business-folk out there.  RIM offers a buy-two-get-one-free deal on their tablets. They make it through their network of authorized resellers from now until the end of 2011.

The offer is not upon any particular PlayBook  models that business users can pick up, but probably all three are on the table.  The deal is made more surprised with a secondary offer that concedes one premium PlayBook accessory per tab purchased, so those just dying to score a leather sleeve, charging pod, or a 6 ft. HDMI cable can rest easy.

It is not a bad deal in essence, but, of course, you or your business actually wants 3 PlayBooks in the first place. Though PlayBook is a product from RIM, they seem to exclude some of the business-savvy  that made BlackBerry omnipresent. And regarding BlackBerry, one should not forget to keep them handy, PlayBook OS 2.0’s release is postponed till February 2012. Until then, the users of BlackBerry have to depend upon BlackBerry Bridge for trivial things like email and BBM (BlackBerry Messenger) for some more days.

Source: techcrunch

Will RIM and Porsche Design Unveil A New BlackBerry Next Week? (Update: Confirmed)

October 25, 2011 Leave a comment

Stuff Middle East reports that RIM and Porsche Design are associating up for an event on Thursday (Oct. 27) that assures to expose an “exclusive collaboration” between the two companies. Photos of a funky-looking BlackBerry supposedly called the “Knight 9980” first surfaced back in September courtesy of a Chinese forum called MaxPDA. It does not resemble any other BlackBerry launched before: the Knight has a more angular steel frame than the typical BlackBerry. Disturbingly, it seems to have a much flatter keyboard.

The reason for the radical change made in its design was because of the Porsche Design team was supposedly in charge. They may be like a strange choice, but Porsche Design has transcended the automotive trappings of its parent company to design everything from feature phones to hard drives to bobsleds, so a special edition smartphone doesn’t come entirely out of the blue.

The unveiling of this device sounds strange because the company has just recently recovered from a multi-continent outage and is striving hard to regain the trust of people. In case, if people decides not to rely on their BlackBerrys, then nothing will drive them to buy another one.

Of Course, fans of limited – edition gadgetry will probably grasp them up.

A RIM representative has confirmed that the invite-only event will be taking place in Dubai next Thursday.

Source: techcrunch

Survey says: RIM’s core users are abandoning ship

October 21, 2011 Leave a comment

  The end of research in Motion’s BlackBerry platform seems to be near. A survey says that 30 percent of current companies with 10,000 or more employees those who use BlackBerry devices are to leave for another choice. This trend will erode RIM’s market share and momentum in an area where it was leading for years.

The information is from Enterprise Management Associates by way of InfoWorld. RIM stays not answering the challenge from other competing mobile platforms like Apple iOS and Google Android. It tried to solve the problem by buying QNX which was in vain. RIM will not make its platform on phones until 2012. Though it seems to be a short period, the company is to face risk and trouble in business.

Though the company is noticing BlackBerry user base grow in terms of real numbers, its market share is declining for above stated reasons. Even the lure growing for smartphones cant give its hands in this. The attraction is instead filling the enterprise with Android devices and iPhones because of the growing trend of BYOD, or bring your own device to work. Last month, a Forrester report noted this, emphasizing half of surveyed IT shops are already supporting personal devices in some manner.

The competing services like the new iMessage for Apple’s iOS devices that resemble the BBM service but add text messaging capabilities, adds more pressure to it. Making matters worse recently was a multi-continent outage that disrupted BlackBerry mail for several days; the company is offering $100 in free apps, but if fewer people want RIM handhelds, how does that help?

Source: gigaom