I know what you're thinking, RIM is becoming less relevant in the post Google and Apple and some enterprises are dropping BlackBerry altogether. RIM's new smartphone platform, 10, was scheduled to be released earlier this year and has slipped to early 2013. However, the point is that the majority of enterprises are leveraging BlackBerry today, in addition to Apple iOS and Google Android, and they have some key decisions to make in 2013:
- Do I support BlackBerry 10? BlackBerry 10 devices won't work with existing BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES) deployed at most enterprises and instead require new BlackBerry Fusion infrastructure
- Most enterprises are in the process of deploying MDM software. Do I leverage Fusion? Another solution? Or a combination of the two?
- Do I sunset BlackBerry and migrate to iOS and Android?
One of the key advantages of BlackBerry is that it includes encryption, MDM, separation of work and personal data as well as VPN in one package. With Android and iOS, multiple third-party solutions are required in most instances which increases cost and complexity.
What are your thoughts on the future of BlackBerry inside the enterprise?