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BlackBerry Outage Spurs DLA Piper to Consider the Alternatives; Has Your Firm Already Made a Switch?

Posted Oct 13, 2011 7:46 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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Poll: Does your firm use BlackBerry, or have you switched?

This poll ended on Tue, October 25, 2011 - 3:25:32.

Results

  • My firm still primarily supports BlackBerry.
    219 votes (52.52%)
  • We never used BlackBerry.
    121 votes (29.02%)
  • We used to use BlackBerry, but we switched.
    77 votes (18.47%)
Total Votes: 417

A BlackBerry outage that began on Monday and spread to North America has spurred DLA Piper to consider a switch sooner rather than later.

Don Jaycox, chief information officer for DLA Piper, tells Reuters the law firm was already considering a move to iPhones and Android devices. Now the discussions are heating up.

"This has brought it to the front-burner," Jaycox told Reuters. "It will cause more people to opt for other choices."

Short Hills, N.J., lawyer Peter Frazza of the law firm Budd Larner was also feeling the frustration. "It’s been an absolute disaster," he told the New Jersey Star-Ledger. The story says BlackBerrys “still seem to be the standard in the world of law.”

The Journal staff isn't convinced that BlackBerry is the standard for lawyers anymore, so we'd like to hear from you.

Has your firm already made the switch to a different device? If you've changed devices, please share how the transition went. If you’re sticking with BlackBerry, tell us why it remains the most desirable choice.

Last updated at 11 a.m. to pose a question for readers.

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