Apple has been facing a bit of an uphill battle trying to get the iPhone in the enterprise. They claimed on their recent earnings call that 80% of Fortune 500 companies are piloting or deploying the iPhone but something makes me think it is more piloting.
The WSJ managed to piece together some information on transfers from RIM to Apple over the last year and a half and caught a trend of 5 RIM enterprise sales executives heading over to Apple. While there is definitely cross pollination in any sales field this is a great way for Apple to learn and execute on some of the sales practices that have made RIM a staple in the corporate market.
According to the WSJ the following RIM exec’s made the move:
- Geoff Perfect was head of strategic sales
- Joe Bartlett was a senior global sales manager
- Steve Marshall was a global strategic account manager
- Peter Decker was a global account manager
- Paul Alvarez was a global strategic account manager
I always thought that the amount of information you can find on the RIM LinkedIn page was a bit crazy. You can see who was hired, fired, promoted, etc without any restrictions. It just makes me wonder how many companies are using LinkedIn for competitive analysis…