Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 - OVUM
Verizon and RIM are now getting in on the action at CTIA 2012. Verizon has taken the wraps off its new tablet-based solution for enterprises and RIM have had a little re-shuffle and have appointed Kristian Tear as its new chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as its new chief marketing officer. Ovum’s Jan Dawson and Emeka Obiodu are present, and whilst observing Jan made the following comment with regard to RIM:

“RIM has appointed Kristian Tear as its new chief operating officer and Frank Boulben as its new chief marketing officer as it moves to rejuvenate its management team. Both Mr. Tear and Mr. Boulben are telecom industry veterans with over 20 years’ experience each. The former has spent much of his career at Sony/Ericsson while the latter has worked for several European telcos before his most recent stint at Lightsquared.

"On the face of it, filling these two roles is a good move. It was critical that RIM fill these key positions, since marketing and operations are two of the areas where it has really struggled in the past couple of years.”

Emeka commented as follows on Verizon:

“Verizon has taken the wraps off its new tablet-based solution for enterprises. The solution features an Android-based tablet that has no preloaded applications (a blank slate). Enterprises can then customize it by loading their own apps, preferably from the Verizon Private Applications Store for Business.

"There is a straightforward theme with this solution. Verizon wants businesses to use it to provide such features as handling point-of-sale payments and inventory management. To make this robust, Verizon will bundle in enterprise-grade security and device management into the package. These are all set to make the solution appealing to transportation providers, retails firms and financial services companies.”

For more comments and to speak to either Emeka or Jan in regards to their views or to speak to Ovum in regards to any other story, please feel free to contact Ovum’s Press Office on any of the numbers below.

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APAC - Jennifer Duraisingam: +61 (3) 9601 6723, [email protected]

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