RIM Faces Stiff Enterprise Competition: ABI

Research In Motion’s once-dominant position in the worldwide enterprise smartphone OS market is eroding, but the BlackBerry maker will still be the vendor to catch for the next four-plus years.

As Enterprise Mobile Today reports, RIM will face increasing competition from the likes of Android, Apple’s iPhone and iOS, Symbian and Windows for the lion’s share of business customers through 2015 but should still emerge with a healthy 26 percent of the market.

ABI Research analysts say that if RIM and other mobile OS developers want to capture an even larger share of the enterprise market, they’ll have to focus their efforts on security, application development and communities and device management applications.

Still, all vendors figure to record stellar sales and earnings growth for the foreseeable future as ABI is predicting compounded annual growth of 15 percent a year through 2015 in the enterprise.

The latest report from IT research firm ABI Research portends both good and bad things for Research In Motion, the longtime leader in the U.S. enterprise smartphone market.

First the good news: Worldwide smartphone shipments to the enterprise are expected to grow at compounded annual growth rate of 15 percent a year through 2015, expanding an already enormous pie of which devices running RIM’s (NASDAQ: RIMM) BlackBerry mobile OS will still hold the top spot at 26 percent.

The bad news is that forecast means RIM will struggle to hold off a flock of competitors in multiple regions.

Read the full story at Enterprise Mobile Today:

Report: RIM’s Enterprise Lead Will Narrow By 2015

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