According to ZDNet Austrailia, HSBC is considering swapping out it’s current BlackBerry deployment and replacing it with the iPhone. The CIO of HSBC Austrailia and New Zeland, Brenton Hush, was quoted saying “We are actually reviewing iPhones from a HSBC Group perspective … and when I say that, I mean globally“.
In my other life I’ve dealt with HSBC quite a bit and let me tell you that they are always considering doing something other than what they are currently doing. I remember several years ago how they were considering moving to Linux desktops.
At the end of the day you’ve got to consider the “Why”. What does HSBC gain by switching from the BlackBerry to the iPhone? If they gain anything does it warrant a global rollout to a completely new platform. Buying 200,000 iPhones is the easy part. Everything that comes along with swapping them in and replacing all those BlackBerrys would take years and cost $10s of millions.
I am not saying that this won’t ever happen. I just can’t imagine it happening anytime in the near future.