iPhone in Canada reported on BlackBerry and Dell’s responses to the Apple-IBM partnership.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen:
I am not afraid of competing when I know I am more nimble. I never think [that] going alone is the right strategy. But we have a value add that no one else can do.
John Swainson, head of Dell’s global software business:
I do not think that we take the Apple-IBM tie-up terribly seriously. I think it just made a good press release.
I have some trouble understanding how IBM reps are going to really help Apple very much in terms of introducing devices into their accounts. I mean candidly, they weren’t very good at doing it when it was IBM-logoed products, so I do not get how introducing Apple-logoed stuff is going to be much better.
This reminds me of the famous quote by Steve Ballmer:
There’s no chance that the iPhone is going to get any significant market share. No chance. It’s a $500 subsidized item.
Microsoft missed the mobile market under Ballmer’s watch as CEO. BlackBerry and Dell are struggling in the mobile and PC markets respectively. To be unconcerned by the Apple-IBM push in enterprise won’t bode well for them.