Gartner tells IT shops that it’s ‚game over‘ for BlackBerry

„Gartner recommends that our [BlackBerry enterprise] clients take no more than six months to consider and implement alternatives to BlackBerry,“ said Gartner analyst Bill Menezes in an email interview on Friday. „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 a full Gartner report with three recommended courses of action will be delivered soon to Gartner clients that use BlackBerry Enterprise Service servers and/or BlackBerry smartphones.

Menezes noted that while he and Gartner are clearly foretelling BlackBerry’s demise, „BlackBerry isn’t going to disappear overnight and there’s probably a six month window to consider and then implement alternatives.“

Es ist eher selten, dass ein Analyst so unverblümt seine Meinung äußert. Blackberry hat daraufhin betont, dass man auch während der Restrukturierungsphase die Unternehmenskunden keinesfalls im Stich lassen werde.


Europe Aims to Regulate the Cloud

The European Union wants to regulate the cloud even if that makes its use more complicated. One proposed amendment would require “all transfers of data” from a cloud in the European Union to a cloud maintained in the United States or elsewhere to “be accompanied with a notification to the data subject of such transfer and its legal effects.”

“We need to realize that European citizens will not embrace the cloud if they are worried for their privacy or for the security of their data,” said Neelie Kroes, the European Commission vice president in charge of telecommunications and information policy, in a statement.

Viviane Reding, the European Commission’s justice minister, said in her own statement that she wanted to see “the development of European clouds” certified to strict new European standards.

“For the private sector, such European clouds could become also attractive as they could advertise, ‘These are European clouds, so your personal data is safe,’ ” she said.

Ob ein Gütesiegel „Cloud made in Europe“ nichteuropäische Geheimdienste davon abhalten wird die darin befindlichen Daten nun nicht mehr abzuschnorcheln, wage ich zu bezweifeln. Das klingt eher wie ein Marketing-Gag. Und Marketing ist bekanntlich der sparsame Umgang mit der Wahrheit. Hier wird allenfalls der Rechtssicherheit ein Stück weit gehuldigt.


Big Canadian Carrier Shuns New BlackBerry Phone

Rogers Communications, based in Toronto and one of the first carriers in the world to offer devices from BlackBerry, will not sell the ailing smartphone maker’s new flagship Z30 phone, the president of its wireless unit said on Thursday.

“We need to make decisions about what phones are the phones our customers are most interested in,” the president of the unit, Robert Bruce, said. “It’s obviously a good phone, probably on the high end and maybe a little niche-y.”

Das sind keine guten Vorzeichen dafür, dass das Blackberry Z30 ein Kassenschlager wird.