IT professionals have strong feelings about RIM, its products, and its plight. But the real issue is end user device preference.
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For those who see a diminished role for RIM products, the reasoning is painfully blunt--both users and IT pros are largely losing interest in the platform. That in turn brings the long term viability of the company into question. Given RIM's worldwide presence, we think the company will be around a while, but whether it has even a remote chance of keeping pace with innovations from Apple and the Android cadre is another matter. A large number of respondents chose "other" for this question. The option we should have added to the list was the cost of maintaining the BES environment. Microsoft's EAS is free to Exchange customers, which for many people makes it hard to beat. It's also not as complete as BES.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.