From: Nick Crane, Head of IT operations, Family Mosaic
Sir – A few years ago RIM [makers of the Blackberry devices] were the de-facto standard for secure email delivery. Then along came Apple and Android-based smartphones that pushed the envelope in terms of functionality, but if you have already invested in Blackberry devices, why change now?
A year ago, companies fell over themselves to replace their original Blackberries; some may have had good reasons for doing so, but it’s no surprise to me that they are returning to Blackberry, and in large numbers.
The next few months are no doubt important to RIM; I just feel that if you have a large Blackberry ‘fleet’ then you should stick with them. Yes, embrace diversity so that if someone wants an iPhone, let them have it as long as you have stringent security policies and you can deliver secure email alongside appropriate software for mobile device management.
But it may be a case of ‘throwing out the baby with the bath water’ if you don’t give RIM the opportunity to get back in the game. This time next year you may be happy that you did…