Bad News for Research in Motion (RIM). A recent research report shows that 27% of RIM users have already replaced their BlackBerry devices or are on their way to doing so. Currently BlackBerry holds about a 70% rate for company-purchased smartphones, but those numbers decline dramatically as businesses plan for the next two years.
Here are the findings from InformationWeek's report titled, "Can RIM Be Saved?":
* 67% of our survey respondents consider Apple a strategic partner for enterprise mobility in the U.S. compared with 36% citing RIM and 38% citing Microsoft.
* 46% say the former RIM co-CEOs' leadership is a primary or significant factor in the company's decline.
* 4% of those using or considering RIM products plan to migrate to BlackBerry Mobile Fusion.
* Just 1% describe RIM as a smartphone market leader, positioned to continue to grow its influence.
Content director of InformationWeek Reports, Lorna Garey explains:
"IT pros still like BlackBerry devices,"
"They like the security and manageability of the platform. But end users have largely spoken, and Apple and Android devices are the future, unless RIM 's new CEO institutes some bold changes."