In a play that many saw as a mark of a beginning of an exit from the hardware market, Research in Motion (RIM) released the Blackberry Mobile Fusion – a hardware agnostic evolution of their current Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES) technology – in late November. Now, it appears that the company is doubling-down on their efforts to expand Mobile Fusion to the iOS platform.
According to a Linkedin posting made today, and then taken down by midafternoon, RIM is seeking “an experienced iOS/Objective-C developer capable of architecting, designing, developing and testing complex applications for iPhone and iPad devices” to work out of its Bellevue office.
Before the ad was made inactive, the job description was as follows:
- Create exciting enterprise applications for distribution on the iOS platform
- Implement new products and enhancements as they are required
- Involvement in a software development life-cycle of mobile and web-based software and user interface design and development
- Working in conjunction with teammates to formulate a shared vision, then researching, prototyping and presenting solutions that make the vision more tangible and actionable (both from a product and technical perspective)
- Collaborating with project stakeholders to identify and influence software solutions that maximize business value by realizing the appropriate balance of near-term and long-term objectives
- Building demos that showcase technology advances and new capabilities
- Identifying and promoting opportunities to create a user-friendly customer experience
- Making presentations to executives, project stakeholders, and others
A recent survey cited by Reuters showed only 16 percent of developers were “very interested” in creating apps for BlackBerry, while 90 percent were “very interested” in Apple and 80 percent were “very interested” in Android.