BlackBerrys have long been the smartphone of choice for business users, but with the proliferation of Android and iOS and the relaxation of IT department rules, more and more enterprise users are abandoning RIM's platform. Pete Devenyi, RIM's Vice President, hinted that his company could be willing to extend its enterprise management tools to non-BlackBerry devices, although nothing is official just yet. Devenyi's full statement is as follows:
"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?"
While this news doesn't really mean much to many of us right now, it could be a sign of things to come in the future. If RIM is willing to let other platforms in on its enterprise tools, perhaps they'd be willing to share some of their other services, too. Who wouldn't love some BlackBerry Messenger on Android and iPhone? After the success of cross-platform messenger Kik, not many.