Enterprises should look for alternatives to BlackBerry smartphones and enterprise mobility management platforms over the next six months, according to a new Gartner report to clients authored by analyst Ken Dulaney. Gartner analyst Bill Menezes confirmed this in an email interview with Computerworld.
One of BlackBerry's handset suppliers, Jabil Circuit, confirmed that it's talking with the struggling mobility firm to "wind down the relationship," Jabil CEO Mark Mondello told the Globe and Mail newspaper.
BlackBerry bet that the slick new all-touch Z10 would become the firm's new flagship smartphone, giving it the edge to regain its position in the consumer smartphone market lost to the likes of Apple and Samsung. Instead, the company is now writing off $960 million for unsold Z10 inventory and cutting 40 percent of its workforce.
Potential bidders for BlackBerry, the financially troubled mobility firm, may be interested in buying parts of the company rather than swallowing the $5 billion plus company whole, according to sources consulted by Reuters.
While most of the IT security world's attention was focused on Microsoft's Patch Tuesday, BlackBerry issued some patches of its own on Tuesday, including a fix for remote code execution vulnerabilities in Adobe Flash Player that effect new BlackBerry Z10s and Q10s smartphones, and PlayBook tablets.
Even an enterprise that only allows corporate-owned devices is not exempt from legal risk, as a recent court case in the Northern District of Ohio demonstrates.
BlackBerry looks like it's decided to stop bailing water and just abandon ship altogether. After flailing around for the past few years, the Canadian mobile device maker announced that it has assembled a special committee to "explore strategic alternatives."
While Android widened its lead in the smartphone operating system market, third place Windows Phone gained market share on second place Apple iOS, according to second quarter stats from IDC.
Digital Management will provide a mobile device management system and mobile application store for the Pentagon, under a contract awarded by the Defense Information Systems Agency that is worth up to $16 million over three years.
In the enterprise market, BlackBerry appears to be doing well. But on Wall Street, the company is faring poorly.