RIM is mulling the prospects of a management tool that would control devices and services beyond the BlackBerry, vice president Pete Devenyi said in an interview following a Boston business event. He hinted that the company's remote administration might extend not just to other phones but to those not using BlackBerry services. Although not stating it by name, he hinted strongly to AllThingsD that it would be a reaction to companies like JPMorgan allowing Android and iPhone use for those who wanted to use something other than a BlackBerry, even if they had to pay for it themselves.
Right now he's just talking about device management, but if this goes forward it could be a sign of a willingness for RIM to move some of its proprietary services to other devices. BBM on Android and iPhone? We know a few people getting positively giddy at that (highly speculative) prospect."BlackBerry is and will continue to be dominant in most corporations," Devenyi said. "[But] it's not going to be the only device given the fact that consumers have the choice to bring in their own devices and IT departments are often letting them in. So there's a question there. Do those corporations have to manage those devices differently or is there the possibility that RIM might extend capabilities to make it easier for those corporations to manage those devices as well?"