RIM is opening up some of their Enterprise Software to allow employees of companies to bring in their iPhone or Android device and allow it to work on the corporate network, according to Canadian Press and the CBC. While this is big news for RIM, it’s not the first company to provide this type of service to corporations. RIM is tackling something that Microsoft has been actively pitching and developing for years. Microsoft wants to be the provider of Enterprise Services and is utilizing its OS position and server dominance to get more and more corporations to utilize it’s technology.
While this release is good news for RIM, it by no means guarantees its survival. That will be dependant on how they market their next phone. Fingers crossed that another Canadian Tech Giant doesn’t fail (anyone remember Nortel? Corel?)