DataViz, which recorded its big break by making the acclaimed app Documents To Go for Palm WebOS has changed its course and its recent acquisition by RIM has redefined its existence. Documents To Go was one of Apple’s best-selling apps for the iOS in 2009 and is available for the competing platforms like Google Android too.
In a statement on this acquisition to Digital Daily, RIM announced,
RIM has acquired some of the assets of DataViz and hired the majority of its employees to focus on supporting the BlackBerry platform.
Digital Daily has written further saying,
Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the transaction was not material to RIM in the context of RIM’s financial results.
John Paczkowski at AllThingsDigital speculates that the setback of the development of Documents To Go on WebOS can be mirrored onto the iPhone and Android platforms as well. There is a very good chance that RIM may make the app a Blackberry exclusive.
The deal is estimated at $50 million. Now this is a price worth paying as Documents To Go can completely revamp the functional aspects of Blackberry. However, even more than the app itself, RIM has acquired an excellent development team in the form of a huge number of DataViz employees.