Rumour: IBM looking to buy RIM’s enterprise-services division

Research In MotionAmong the strategic options being considered by Research In Motion is the option to sell off portions of its business. Citing “two people familiar with the situation,” Bloomberg is reporting that it may have found a suitor for one of its divisions. IBM has apparently informally approached RIM to buy its enterprise-services unit which includes RIM’s BIS and BES infrastructure.

For its part, RIM has decided to wait until BlackBerry 10 devices roll out before making a decision on any potential sales, including this one. As a result, no further discussions are currently under way. The company has also indicated that it would prefer to stay whole and instead find a partner or license the upcoming operating system. Should BlackBerry 10 fare well upon its debut, it’s unlikely that RIM will move forward with the sale.

RIM is expected to launch its first BlackBerry 10 devices early next year. It will initially announce two devices, an all-touch one and one with a physical QWERTY keyboard (the first L-Series and N-Series devices?) will lead off the launch.

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