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Could/Would Google Buy RIM?

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by ksat, Aug 18, 2011.

  1. ksat

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    Long time listener, 8th-time poster...

    I have been seeing more and more comments on the blogosphere about Eric Schmidt and his love for his BlackBerry - snapping pictures and what not. This got me thinking - why would the Chairman of one of the most successful companies use a phone from a competitor. For the sake of conversation, rumorizing, theorizing, developing conversation about... Let me throw this out there - just for fun, if nothing else.

    Google is obviously a relatively new powerhouse Mobile OS provider and soon to be phone manufacturer (with the purchase of Motorola Mobility) for the consumer market. Similarly, Research in Motion is a powerhouse, but, for the enterprise market.

    One could speculate that Google is already a RIM customer, utilizing the Enterprise BlackBerry Server internally and has been well before Google's Mobile business took off. Makes complete sense, right?

    What if Google was interested in purchasing the Mobile Enterprise market leader? I could argue that it is too soon following the Moto deal. I could argue that given Google's enterprise market share for Search Appliances, they already have a "foot in the door," so to speak.... However, an acquisition such as this would give them so much more than just a "foot in the door." This would put them in the middle of the pack, instantly. Microsoft is their direct competitor in the Enterprise...buying RIM would put them in the running for the lead position.

    But, you would also have to ask - how serious is Google about the Enterprise market? Answer: As one of the leaders in Enterprise Search (& appliances), they are very serious.

    Again, this is just a theory, explanation, and my own opinion... I want to hear yours. I know there are some folks out there that may flame me for this, oh well.... Just making conversation.
     

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    Google *could* buy RIM, just as Google *could* buy Sprint, etc.

    Until it actually happens, we would never know.

    The main advantage to buying RIM would be their patents, and their install base of enterprise customers.

    The many disadvantages to buying RIM would be the technological mess that RIM is in with a legacy enterprise product offering that can't be easily migrated to the newer touch screen technologies.

    Whatever Google does, or does not do, would be interesting. PS moving this to the lounge.
     
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    SPCS - thanks for moving it....wasn't sure where was most appropriate.

    So, maybe the better question is.... WHAT IF Google bought RIM?
     

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