Organisations today are slowly allowing more and more users to log onto large corporate systems with their own devices as users would prefer to use their own hardware than that provided by the company.
Many large companies roll out BlackBerry handsets, which when paired with their server management tools becomes very easy for IT teams to manage and more importantly control to keep consistency across the company.
With more devices coming onto company networks with less control due to the OS and the way it integrates, it could be that RIM comes up with a solution to keep IT managers happy.
Engadget recently posted something that Vice President Pete Devenyi said:
BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations, [but] it’s not going to be the only device given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices and IT departments are often letting them in. So there’s a question there. Do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well? … If the right thing to do is to extend a subset of those [BlackBerry] capabilities to be able to manage other devices, it’s worthy of a conversation.
It won’t be here tomorrow or maybe not even this year, but it seems that RIM can see a business opportunity in loosing out to other manufacturers handsets in an effort to please corporations IT teams.