Their Once-Parallel Courses Seem to Be Converging
RIM and Nokia are on parallel courses ¦ that look to be converging more and more, said analyst Charles King, with Pund-IT. RIM is the more mature company and has both a broader product set and deeper ties with its enterprise base. The ubiquitous presence of the Windows OS and applications in global businesses offers Nokia a battering ram it will use to try to gain entrance in and favor among those same customers.
Who wins the battle between RIM and Nokia, he added, may have more to do with the formers perceived weakness than the latters strength and ambition.
Senior analyst Ken Hyers, with Technology Business Research Inc. (TBRI), sees the battle in different terms.
I think Nokia has a real opportunity to win this fight, said Hyers. The battle is actually Microsoft versus RIM, with Nokia the main standard bearer for Microsoft. The new Windows Phone OS is designed to appeal to enterprise customers who are looking for a modern full-featured smartphone OS that supports and is easily integrated with enterprise applications.