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BlackBerry Loses Its Grip On Federal Government
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J. Nicholas Hoover
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10/29/2012 | 5:17:58 AM
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Thanks for the comment. I thought that someone might mention the wait for BBX/BB10. I in no way begrudge RIM, and they were dominant for a long time for a reason, but I can only wonder if it is a case of too little, too late.
J. Nicholas Hoover
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10/29/2012 | 5:15:28 AM
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FR995,

My statement about the Pentagon is supported by PWS page 23, Section 6.6.4.3 (the same section referred to by the Q&A that you mention), which indicates that the questioner to whom you refer was mistaken and that Blackberry is not required:

"The system shall support management of and application deployment to the following mobile operating systems:
GăˇApple iOS version 5 and newer versions within three months of public release
GăˇAndroid 2.2 and newer versions within three months of public release

The government desires (but does not require) the solution to also include the capability to manage and deploy applications to the following mobile operating systems:
GăˇBlackberry (versions currently supported by RIM)
GăˇWindows Mobile 6, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 RT, and newer Windows versions within three months of public release"

Further, the ICE contract was less than a week old when this column was drafted -- hardly old news in a government where procurement cycles are measured in months if not years.

Thanks for reading,
Nick
J. Nicholas Hoover
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10/29/2012 | 5:14:07 AM
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FR995,
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10/27/2012 | 3:22:09 AM
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Hey Nicholas Hoover,

The ICE contract is old news. Your vague statement concerning the Pentagon is unsupported in the links that you provided. While I did not find anything in it to support your weak, headline grabbing argument, I did find quite a bit of information supporting continued blackberry use like this gem from the last attachment. Attachment_9_-_Draft_RFP_Q&A_Responses.pdf

"Blackberry is outlined as a requirement in the DRFP. Can DISA expand on what is acceptable/desired to support this requirement? Can current BES servers be managed by the provided solution G㢠or does the proposed solution need to fully replace and migrate
DISAGăÍs existing BES architecture?"

I can't believe you call yourself a senior editor, pathetic.
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10/25/2012 | 8:11:29 AM
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This news comes as no surprise to anyone. The late Lazaridis / Balsillie management departed RIM , leaving it bereft of ideas, innovations and any competitive product. They didn't even listen to their patent attorneys and became a laughing stock when sued over the BBX moniker.

Waiting over a year to be saved by BBX, now rebranded as BB10, is fodder for Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung and others. These behemoths would probably have strangled RIM anyway; the BlackBerry was only ever dominant when smartphones accounted for 5% of mobile devices. Size does matter.

Unless of course you are small, agile, driven, brilliant, stunningly innovative ...... everything that RIM was not. So goodbye beloved BlackBerry. Only a "shock and awe" reception of BB10 would staunch the flow of blood and inevitable demise.


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