Home | Contact | Advertising
Small Business, Information, Resources, Articles - SmartBiz.com
Members Login:
Sign Up Forgot?
SALES & MARKETING
Marketing Online
Email Marketing
Search Marketing
Selling
PR
ONLINE BUSINESS
E-Commerce
Website Creation
Productivity
Accounting
CRM
Web-based Software/SaaS
BUSINESS STRATEGIES
Case Studies
Smart Answers
Videos
Podcasts
Smart Blog
Human Resources
Management
BITS & BYTES
PCs & Online Equipment
Mobile Computing
Security/Business Continuity
Telecom/Office Networks
Small Business Products
FORUMS & RESOURCES
Free White Papers
Tools and Calculators
SmartBiz Forum
Legal & Business Forms
News Feeds
Featured Webcasts & Videos
Franchise Offers


 
SMALL BUSINESS AND STARTUPS INTERNET TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES
Search SmartBiz:
Forms and
Downloads
Free
White Papers
Special
Offers
SmartBiz
Blog
Free Email
Newsletters
Smart Blog
SmartBiz Blog
Small Businesses Must Plan For Life Without BlackBerries
Email ArticleEmail Article
Print ArticlePrint Article
Increase Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Decrease Text SizeDecrease Text Size
Del.icio.us
Digg This
Bookmark and Share

By Carl Weinschenk

The slow motion legal drama—legal dramas seem to come at no other pace—between NTP and BlackBerry owner Research in Motion seems closer to some sort of resolution, or at least a crossroads. Last week, a federal judge declined to order RIM to stop using the NTP patents it has been found guilty of infringing upon. Rather ominously (at least for RIM), however, the judge said that the verdict can't be ignored indefinitely. The implication clearly is that the injunction will be put into effect, and sooner rather than later.

The point here isn’t to discuss the case. There is a ton of material available on the situation. The bottom line is that small businesses that rely on BlackBerries should carefully consider their options.

There are a couple of levels to this.

The most obvious is that they must have a detailed, specific and practical short-term plan in place. RIM says that it has a workaround, but the relative dearth of information from the company is troubling some experts. They have raised some pretty basic questions: Will the workaround work? How can potential users be sure that the workaround itself doesn’t infringe on the patents? Do users need a particular version of the BlackBerry enterprise server for the workaround to function? Will there be time to test the workaround before it is pressed into action?

Clearly, the first thing businesses have to do is devise a plan—or a series of plans, more likely—in case the injunction takes effect. The best case scenario is the workaround works without a hitch. This may not be the case, however, so planners must have an idea of what they will do if the RIM software proves inadequate.

The other thinking must be at a longer-term, strategic level. Several companies are using the NTP/RIM sitation as a way to make inroads in this attractive market. Good Technologies, Visto, Seven, Microsoft and others see RIM's vulnerability as a golden opportunity. This may be a good time for small companies thinking of deploying mobile email to take the plunge—good deals are sure to be available. These vendors also should be options for companies uncomfortable with what they are hearing—or not hearing—from RIM.


Carl Weinschenk is the Editorial Director of SmartBiz.
Add a Comment View Comments
Small Business Home

Get the Smart Blog RSS Feed
Bookmark and Share
September 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
123
45678910
11121314151617
18192021222324
252627282930
Search SmartBiz Blog:
Home | Contact | Advertising
© 2016-2018 SmartBiz. All rights reserved. Privacy Statement and Terms of Service
Small Business Home | Business Tools | Online Business | Bits & Bytes | Sales & Marketing | Business Strategies | Forums & Resources
Email Marketing & HTML Email Driven By: Hosted By:   Design By:
Email Marketing
 
XML LogoRSS Logo
Receive our stories via SmartBiz XML/RSS feeds.
Include our stories on your website through SmartBiz javascript content feeds.