Will HP/Palm be the enterprise challenger to RIM?

Will HP/Palm be the enterprise challenger to RIM?

Summary: Now that HP will be the owner of Palm's webOS, I have to wonder if we will see them challenging RIM in the enterprise market. Microsoft seems to be moving away from the enterprise with Windows Phone 7 so there may be a nice spot to fill here.

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OK, so now we all know the excellent news that HP is purchasing Palm and after sitting back for a few minutes and thinking about the good old iPAQ days I think this deal may end up being even bigger than we think in the long run. With Microsoft moving Windows Phone 7 much further into the consumer space, there may be a real chance for a webOS-powered HP series of devices to challenge RIM in the enterprise market. Like RIM, Palm prefers hardware QWERTY keyboard devices and if we look at the last few years of HP smartphones we see hardware QWERTY devices as well. This form factor appeals to the enterprise user and with Palm's slick webOS operating system I would think workers would much rather have one of their devices over an aging BlackBerry. RIM isn't standing still either with BlackBerry 6 coming later this year, but I don't think it looks as "consumer friendly" as webOS and we could have a real enterprise battle in the future.

HP and Palm are both trusted names in the business and I think having them join forces is a good thing for the consumer and enterprise customer. webOS will have to improve and adapt a bit to address and meet the security needs of the enterprise, but the OS is quite flexible and Palm has been spending a lot of time and money lately improving the developer tools. I think it would have been great if Dell had purchased Palm instead of HP too for many of these same reasons. The Dell Axims were great PDAs and the new Dell smartphones look pretty amazing.

The funny thing is, many of the HP iPAQ were made by HTC. Hmm, so will we see an HTC made webOS device with an HP label on it in the future?

Topics: Hewlett-Packard, Hardware, Mobility, Operating Systems, BlackBerry, Smartphones

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  • WP7 is enterprise ready

    ... b/c the underlining SilverLight platform is strong in supporting LOB Apps. I'd say WP7 is the biggest threat to BlackBerry.

    There's a video on 'Tube showing WP7 viewing Office documents. It's decent.
    LBiege
    • Yes, but not as much of a focus as before

      I agree that you will be able to do enterprise things with WP7, but it is no longer the central focus of the device and is more like the iPhone with support for the enterprise. I am sure Exchange will still be very good too.

      Honestly though, I don't think there is as much of a distinction between enterprise and consumer as we move forward since more and more consumers are bringing their own devices to the work place.
      palmsolo (aka Matthew Miller)
  • RE: Will HP/Palm be the enterprise challenger to RIM?

    My thoughts are, "WOW, another also ran solution..." this is a non starter for me. HP seems to be trying to be everything to everyone and that may well end up in the long run as being nothing to anyone.
    geoff.schardein@...
  • Rim is to limited needs 2 os versions

    RIM is so one tracked minded that it is hurting itsself. If RIM was smart they would make 2 different os versions. One for enterprise workers thats plain and limited as it is now then an open public version that can do the stuff the majority of the public likes to do. people like the BB phones but since they are so limited by the rim software many shy away for better os phones
    Fletchguy
  • RE: Will HP/Palm be the enterprise challenger to RIM?

    HP needs to drop win7 from the slate ASAP and get WebOS
    on their fast, before that POS tanks...
    aiellenon
  • Fighting for five

    I think they will be battling for a few percent of the market and need to focus on what parts of palm actually have some value.
    3dguru