It’s no secret that RIM is on the ropes, but it appears that some of the company’s enterprise customers are preparing for a knockout blow. Customers such as GoDaddy and Thames River Capital are reportedly working on contingency plans in the event RIM’s BlackBerry Messenger service is interrupted, should the company be forced to sell its assets or sell out entirely.
“In the past three months there’s been a lot of concern that the BlackBerry platform won’t be around in the future,” said Maribel Lopez, founder of Lopez Research. RIM’s stock has dipped by more than 70 percent in the past year and fell 19 percent on June 29th after company announced a quarterly loss and delays in the release of its BlackBerry 10 operating system.
Corporate customers have remained RIM’s saving grace, but the company’s shaky position has led many businesses looking into other mobile solutions. According to Robert Cockerill, head of infrastructure at Thames River Capital, the bulk of the company’s 170 employees are supplied with BlackBerry devices. Cockerill expects most of his staff to migrate to either an iPhone or Android device.
“There is a risk of RIM getting bought,” Cockerill told Bloomberg in an interview. “But if you have the right support you can be agnostic and it won’t really matter.” In an effort to prepare for such a switch Cockerill has brought in Mountain View, California based MobileIron, a company that specializes in securing data on non-BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.
RIM hasn’t officially raised its white flag just yet, however if the company continues to take losses and lose customers, it could be only a matter of time before we end up seeing someone else raising it for them.