updated 01:57 pm EDT, Sun September 29, 2013
Gartner to recommend enterprise buyers find different option
Industry analyst firm Gartner will recommend to its enterprise customers that they find a different mobile solution to go with instead of BlackBerry. In an email interview picked up by Computerworld, Gartner analyst Bill Menezes gave a six-month ideal window for clients to find alternatives to the struggling Canadian manufacturer's platform. A full report from the analyst firm is expected in the coming weeks.
"Gartner recommends that our [BlackBerry enterprise] clients take no more than six months to consider and implement alternatives to BlackBerry," said Menezes. "We're emphasizing that all clients should immediately ensure they have backup mobile data management plans and are at least testing alternative devices to BlackBerry."
Menezes said that BlackBerry is unlikely to disappear overnight, but the six-month window is a grim estimation of the firm's future. The assessment comes on the heels of BlackBerry's most recent quarterly financial reporting, which revealed a nearly $1 billion loss.
Gartner's recommendation could likely only hasten BlackBerry's tumble. Once synonymous with mobile productivity, the Canadian phone maker has fallen on tough times as devices from Samsung and Apple have moved to the fore. Its BlackBerry OS platform, just updated earlier this year alongside new devices, has failed to gain traction among consumers, and losses have mounted despite ongoing efforts to trim costs.
As its fortunes have flagged, BlackBerry has struggled to find a foothold. The company formed an exploratory committee aimed at determining its strategic options, including a possible sale. All along, executives have expressed faith in its future, saying it could survive as a niche company. Ahead of Friday's financial revelations, though, BlackBerry's largest investor launched a bid to take the company private, offering to buy up all shares for $4.7 billion.