The other day, we reported that there were rumours that the Korean technology company, Samsung Inc. was discussing the possibility of buying all or part of Research In Motion and along with this rumour, there were also others that the two companies were talking about a partnership involving licensing agreements regarding specific technologies.
Though Samsung did deny this rumour, it was enough to cause the markets to see a bump. Today is a new day and it appears that the Canadian company has another interested suitor and this time, it is big blue. According to two independent sources, IBM is said to be interested in taking over RIM’s enterprise service unit and has made an informal inquiry in this regard. Currently, this is just an informal inquiry and no discussions have been planned to see this move beyond this stage.
As we know, RIM has been in dire straights as of late and as such, has had to take a number of painful steps to reduce their costs. These sorts of changes includ job eliminations as well as reducing employee’s paid vacation times. As tough as times may be for RIM, the company isn’t quite ready to start dismantling to sell off the parts. Instead, executives are wanting to take a wait and see approach to at least see if BlackBerry 10 has an impact on their fortunes.