Why RIM matters
RIM suffered loss of market share to Android, primarily in North America, where its epitaph was nearly set in stone. Interestingly, they grew in terms of subscriber numbers rest of world. RIM, at one time, considered switching to Android, but developed its own operating system from ground up as a differentiator. With its war chest, RIM acquired, UNIX like operating system (OS), QNX which has proved its worth as an embeddable, resilient and highly scalable kernel. It is currently deployed in mission critical systems like medical devices, high speed trains, semiconductor manufacturing, nuclear power plants and automobiles where fail safe components are essential.
Why RIM matters now? BlackBerry smartphone is likely to be proverbial dark horse in RIM’s ecosystem. Once you realise the beauty of underlying OS, you can appreciate RIM’s recent spate of acquisitions in human computer user interface (Astonishing Tribe), calendar/memo applications (Tungle.me) and video/picture editing (JayCut). With QNX as core, for example, medical systems,