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Apple Reportedly Purging RIM's Enterprise Sales Staff

apple-vs-rimIt’s no secret that Apple has slowly but surely found ways to integrate their iPhone and iPad into the corporate workplace.  It’s also not much of a secret that Research in Motion, normally the corporate kingpin in the mobile world, is starting to take notice.  But perhaps RIM’s feathers are more ruffled due to Apple having reportedly plucked at least five key members of RIM’s sales staff in the least year and a half.

According to a report out of The Wall Street Journal:

In the past 18 months, at least five members of RIM’s enterprise-sales team have left the company to join Apple.  This includes Geoff Perfect, who served as Head of Strategic Sales at RIM for nearly five years before leaving in April 2009 and joining Apple a month later as Head of Enterprise iPhone Sales, according to LinkedIn, the online networking service for professionals.

WSJ‘s report also notes how Apple revealed during their recent earnings conference call how 80% of Fortune 500 companies are either piloting or using the iPhone.  Apple CEO Steve Jobs also made note of the fact how Apple beat out Research in Motion in smartphone sales for the quarter, and he doesn’t think RIM will catch up anytime in the interim.

In that same conference call, Apple COO Tim Cook pointed out that while Apple is not yet offering business-specific hardware, they are starting to leap into enterprise sales, with the iPhone’s software continuing to gain even more more features for corporate users.  Apple has also connected with partners like Unisys to support enterprise, and government customers.

via MacRumors

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RIM's Answer To The iPad? The PlayBook


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Well, one and all, Research in Motion has pulled the wool off their entry into the tablet pool, at a developer conference on Monday, according to CNNMoney.  Their tablet will feature a 7-inch screen, Flash-capable video and a front and rear high-definition camera.  But will it be enough to take down the iPad?

“Every successful professional has a great PlayBook,” said Mike Lazaridis, co-chief executive of Research in Motion, at the BlackBerry Developer conference in San Francisco.

As mentioned above, the device will sport a 7-inch screen, Flash-capable video as well as a front and rear high-def camera.  It’s also quite thin, coming in at 9.7 millimeters, and weighs a mere .9 pounds.  But lo and behold, Lazaridis was not able to name a price just yet.

For the time being, the PlayBook is planning to be released in 2011 and will only be able to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi.  But RIM is planning on offering up 3G and 4G versions down the road.

RIM’s goal is “to offer an uncompromised Web experience,” said Lazaridis.

The PlayBook will also maintain a 1 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.  It’ll be compatible with HDMI video output, Bluetooth and microHDMI and microUSB.

Curiously though, PlayBook users won’t see RIM’s hot off the presses BlackBerry 6 operating system.  In place of that, will be a new operating system via QNX Software Systems, who RIM scooped earlier on in the year.

At the conference, a QNX rep said that the PlayBook will offer up “just a great gaming experience.”

Lazaridis added on that the BlackBerry Messenger system will be “opened as a social platform for applications,” but didn’t give much information beyond that.  He also commented that in-app payments as well as a BlackBerry advertising service will “generate revenue immediately.”

So there you have it readers!  What’s your take?  Will it be enough to warrant your dollars?  Or will the iPad still reign supreme?  Feel free to leave your tablet prognostications below!

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