Converged mobile devices for the enterprise presents tremendous growth potential with significant opportunities for...
September 29, 2006
Converged mobile devices for the enterprise presents tremendous growth potential with significant opportunities for differentiation and specialization arising from stringent IT requirements and increasing demand for additional features and functionality, according to a new report from research firm IDC.
This is creating a fiercely competitive environment comprised of converged mobile device vendors battling for dominance within the mobile enterprise.
IDC expects enterprise converged mobile device shipments to reach 63 million units worldwide by 2010, up from 7.3 million in 2005.
While the Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry has become the gold standard for the enterprise device market, IDC believes Microsoft’s involvement with Motorola, Palm, and others, as well as Nokia’s commitment to an end-to-end strategy, will threaten to weaken RIM’s stronghold in the enterprise market.
RIM is the undisputed market leader in the enterprise with more than 5.5 million subscribers worldwide and FY06 sales around US$2 billion.
“But after nearly eight years, RIM is now challenged with defending its leading position as other vendors emulate its offerings,” the report concludes.
“Nokia and Motorola are in strong positions because of their leadership in the overall mobile phone market, giving them influence as well as key positions within the value chains to challenge the work of RIM.”
Further information on the report is available at www.idc.com.