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RIM’s Blackberry gives call to arms against iPhone for the Executive Market

The CIO Summit invited RIM to share their thoughts on leadership in Enterprise business.


Research In Motion's revenue and device shipments were up in the fourth quarter of 2009, but analysts worry the companies days at the top of the executive smartphone market are numbered as they succumb to pressure from competition.

"Weak offerings in touch (phones) and 3G leave the company heavily exposed to a slew of new smartphones now hitting the Executive market," Ed Snynder, an analyst with Charter Equity Research. "While it will certainly maintain its lead in email-based smartphones, we see little chance it can sustain its market share, pricing or margins long-term."

Stiff competition is forcing prices down for Blackberry and some analysts see this as a warning sign. But Research in Motion have just confirmed that their Senior Director Enterprise Rory O'Neil and VP EMEA Robert Dempsey will be announcing at this year’s illustrious CIO EU Summit a “call to arms” against iPhone for the lucrative executive market.

The CIO EU Summit (Held by GDS International in Vienna), is a closed union, hailed as the voice of the European IT industry, where (once again) the most exclusive and exciting advances are announced first to the illustrious body of only fifty attendees chaired by Mike de Boer, CIO GE Capital Global Banking, Bradley Yorke Biggs, CIO, Aston Martin, Raul Suarez, CIO, Pepsi and ‘probably the best in the world Herman Epstien, CIO, Carlsberg . The CIO Summit invited RIM to share their thoughts on leadership in Enterprise business.

“It is no secret that the future of all IT is essentially mobility. It's pretty clear that the trend toward anytime / anywhere computing is growing, as we topple technical and, perhaps more importantly, cultural & social barriers,” a spokesman for the CIO EU Vision committee stated.

No matter what the job, many professionals are now free to work wherever it's most convenient, comfortable and appropriate - from the office to the home, and from the back of a Taxi to a park bench. And the key to all of this is bringing the services of the network - whatever IT has to offer - to where they need to be and with Apple, HTC & Palm hot on their Heels, Blackberry remain certain they are the Business Mobility Device of choice for the Enterprise Market and feel "It is less about having an 'Ap’ for everything, and more about having the right 'Ap’ for you"!


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John Funnell has worked in online media for over ten years, after achieving his First Class BSC Hons Degree (BBC Sponsored), John won Bos 18-21 Princess Trust Entrepeneur of the year at 21, setting up Clean Living Records Ltd (including www.BeatReview.com) with great success having many acts that charted in Europe and Canada. After selling the business John looked for a new challenge and joined GDS International, having a successful career in sales and Delegate acquisition, he worked up to Event Director EMEA, forging contacts with some of the biggest technology names in the world, this lead to John having a lead role in the creation of MeettheBoss.com and MeettheBoss.tv – the worlds largest business IPTV channel. John then took over as Marketing and Communications Director and ran a multifaceted global Marketing team for GDS International in New York, Sydney, Kuala Lumper and the UK.. John joined Global in 2011 with the challenge of supporting its growth by developing a solid Marketing foundation through various Digital, PR and brand initiatives.