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Half of financial service firms' IT executives plan on leaving BlackBerry for good next year

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Half of financial service firms' IT executives plan on leaving BlackBerry for good next year
While BlackBerry CEO John Chen is doing what he can to keep the company alive, a study done by the Ponemon Institute (not Pokemon) shows that Chen has a lot of work ahead. Of course, severing ties with one of the top four U.S. carriers might not have been the pro-growth thing to do, but that is a discussion for another day. What the Ponemon Institute discovered, is that about half of the IT executives toiling for a financial service firm, plan on dropping BlackBerry for good next year.

The study, which surveyed 400 IT professionals at financial services firms, revealed that BlackBerry's share of mobile devices used in the financial services sector is currently 44%, and is forecast to drop to 30% in 2015. 49% of these IT executives said that they plan to phase out BlackBerry completely in the next 12 months. The biggest reason for making this switch is to make employees more productive.

These IT executives have good news for mobile device makers in general. More than 67% say that their CIO expects smartphone and tablets to replace desktop and laptop computers. Just yesterday, we told you that CaixaBank had ordered 30,000 Nokia Lumia 925 handsets for employees. And while the average organization in the study has a fleet of 7,430 handsets, that should double next year to 13,808. 

 

source: MobileIron via FierceMobileit.com

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posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:29 1

1. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


That would be the smartest thing they can do. Leave the sinking ship before you cannot get out.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 18:04 1

12. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Sinking? That ship has sunk already.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 19:56 2

15. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Shut up and go back to skulking around iPhone articles, troll.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 23:14 1

18. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4165; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Dude take a chill pill. Are you always this angsty in blackberry articles?

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:36

22. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Dude, do you always troll BlackBerry articles?

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 19:54 1

14. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Troll detected.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:40 1

2. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


How ironic with the news of them also leaving T-Mobile because John hurt Chen's sensative feelings....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:52

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


smh..

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 13:55 1

4. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


So this was a survey done of 400 IT professionals at financial services firms...and that equates to half of ALL IT professionals transitioning away from BlackBerry in the next 12 months? Lmao! Who does these surveys? Are they accurate? This just does not seem credible to me. Just seems like another troll-bait article about BlackBerry from phone arena...and as is/will become evident, the trolls are going to take the bait. Way to go, phone arena...great job(he said with much sarcasm).

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:26 3

10. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Can you finally see it...Most IT professionals (like myself) are moving in a much better direction. I shutdown my entire Blackberry infrastructure last year. We all moved to Iphones and androids and a much better user experience.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 15:41

11. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I cant speak for BB10, but I know BB 7 and older had a horrible web browsing experience.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 19:57

16. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


The BB10 browser is AMAZING. Best Web browser on the market.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 12:17

21. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Good to hear....too bad it seems like BB if going to go the way of Palm....good, arguably great software on a dying platform.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:46

25. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


BlackBerry will not go the way of Palm. There is still much life left in BlackBerry. They will survive.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 19:54

13. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


You're still running with that made up story, kid? Knock it off already....

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 07:31

19. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


There is no made up story. Look at the article your the only one who still believes in Blackberry. They are done!

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:39

23. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Of course I'm not the one and only. That's a lie hyped on by BlackBerry haters such as yourself. And yes, you do tend to make up stories about you being in IT. But this article is suspect. It was sponsored by a known BlackBerry competitor, Mobileiron. They are a direct competitor with BlackBerry in the Mobile Device Management space. I don't trust it.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:02 2

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Damn companies is dropping bb like a bad habit. Next hinges we know is bankrupt city for bb if they don't do something soon.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:03

6. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6736; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Damn companies are dropping bb like a bad habit. Next hinges we know is bankrupt city for bb if they don't do something soon.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:11 1

7. tg1088 (Posts: 2; Member since: 01 Apr 2014)


I've always thought that BlackBerry phones were perfect for business use. I think the only reason why they were so popular among non-business users a few years back was because they had the best keyboards for texting. Now most people want thinner phones with big touch screens and on-screen keyboards.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:41 1

9. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Yea the physical keyboard is becoming a dinosaur. My 14 yo daughter wanted a BB for the physical keyboard a few years ago....her mother too.

Introduced both to my Android phones over the years...and now its either iPhone or Android they want.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 21:07

28. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Consumers may not want keyboard phones, but PROSUMERS still want them. Remember, that is who BlackBerry is catering to going forward, and rightfully so.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 10:59

30. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


Whats a prosumer...

Seriously.... I agree with the CEO going back to the last BB that sold well and trying to promote that more. The one with the physical keyboard....the Bold 9900.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:52

32. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


"Prosumers are professionals that work in enterprise that purchase handsets based more on how productive they can be, as opposed to how many apps they have or how large the screen is....

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 14:40 1

8. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


I dont see how going to something more popular would make employees more productive...because if they ditch BB....WP, Android and the iPhone are all more popular.

Unless its some productivity software they use alot and/or having issues with it on BB.

posted on 02 Apr 2014, 21:13

17. 1ceTr0n (Posts: 529; Member since: 20 May 2012)


T-Mo: So, what's your strategy?
BB: We're going bankrupt! Yay!
T-Mo: Yeah...no.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 09:39 2

20. roughzephy (Posts: 1; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)


One thing that surprises me is how easily conculsionsare made

1) First of all who is this Ponemon? one fine morning they just decided to study 400 IT professionals and they call it 'Half of them' ?

2) Has any of the verdicts/estimates for market share from any analyst come true? Oh btw how come they never predicted the financial crunch, perhaps they were busy predicting cloud markets and making money

3) Seriously, what use do you make of these reports? To include it in your PPT? Aah..give me a break.. grow up.

3) When was the last time you took a serious look at technology and not just adopted it because the person besides you was using it or you found its TVC to be cool.

think....and if you have serious answers you would give a damn to this article. No point in discussing which technology is better. A car is a car, its aim is to make you reach a destination. Some cars have some cool features and some less, what matters is stability and when it comes to that in my 14 years of dealing with mobility, i have not come across anything like BB. To each one on its own, I have come across many people who have moved back to BB from their android or iOS devices and some who may want to but have gone too far to return back ;-)

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 19:44

24. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


THANK YOU for your well thought out, honest, full-of-facts response. Most on this site do not do this. They only go based on what tech they THINK is better, not based on what gets the job done for them, what the phone is actually used for, stability, etc.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:12 2

26. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I knew something just wasn't right about this article when phone arena posted it, so I decided to do some investigation myself. First off, here is the link to the full article:http://www.fiercemobileit.com/press-releases/mobileiron-survey-shows-enterprise-mobility-shifting-financial-services-cio

In this article, it mainly talks about how IT wants to move to a multi-decice atmosphere, fueled by BYOD. Most companies have been moving towards this ANYWAY, which BlackBerry has already anticipated, hence their already-ongoing involvement in Mobile Device Management. With their MDM capabilities, BlackBerry will be able to manage not only devices of their own homegrown OS, but the other major (WP, Android, and iOS) OS's. BlackBerry is already a LEADER in MDM. So, while some IT departments may be moving towards integrating other OS's into their atmosphere, BlackBerry will NO DOUBT benefit from this anyway on the services side of things. Now if you recall BlackBerry's latest quarterly report, the use of their services is on the RISE(BES).

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, here is the most telling part that this article may indeed be suspect: This survey was sponsored by MOBILEIRON. Mobileiron is a DIRECT COMPETITOR of BlackBerry in the Mobile Device Management (MDM) space. Now, any INTELLIGENT person would find that ANY article sponsored by anothers COMPETITOR, is bound to make the competition look BAD. With that in mind, how could anyone take this article seriously? And why would any CREDIBLE mobile news site report on this as if it's gospel, without doing their own due diligence?

Fact: BlackBerry has over 60 million enterprise customers.

Fact: BlackBerry's services made up the majority of their profits, and will only rise as BYOD and MDM become more prevalent.

Fact: BlackBerry is used by the majority of governments WORLDWIDE.

They will not be going out of business. They will evolve and only get better.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 20:53 1

27. DigitalJedi_X2 (banned) (Posts: 346; Member since: 30 Jan 2012)


Looks like you and the poster before you shut down the trolls like Mxy and even Alan F, Phonearena's resident BlackBerry hater and CR@pple shill.

posted on 03 Apr 2014, 21:08 1

29. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Yes, we did. Gotta educate the TROLLS or SHUT 'EM DOWN. Even the trolls that write the articles.

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:05

31. jroc74 (Posts: 5192; Member since: 30 Dec 2010)


"Now, any INTELLIGENT person would find that ANY article sponsored by anothers COMPETITOR, is bound to make the competition look BAD."

Enough said right there...lol And +1 on the detective work...

posted on 04 Apr 2014, 11:54

33. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


Thanks!

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