DataViz, Makers of Documents To Go, apparently acquired and now owned by Research In Motion

DataViz acquired by RIM
By Kevin Michaluk on 3 Sep 2010 06:53 pm EDT
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* Update - Tuesday, September 7th: RIM confirmed the acquisition via a statement given to Digital Daily: RIM has acquired some of the assets of DataViz and hired the majority of its employees to focus on supporting the BlackBerry platform. Terms of the deal were not disclosed but the transaction was not material to RIM in the context of RIM's financial results. *

DataViz, makers of the popular Documents To Go application, announced sad news today for Palm fans. Though the company started out developing for Palm, they are not going to proceed in developing the Documents To Go solution for Palm WebOS. You can read all about that here.

More interesting than this news from DataViz though is the news they didn't announce..... they were bought by RIM!! Though neither company has publicly announced it (yet), multiple sources have confirmed to us that RIM recently acquired DataViz for a reported $50 million cash (not material to RIM, so they didn't have to disclose it publicly as they have done with other acquisitions like the QNX one). Jump on to LinkedIn and you can also quickly find that lots of former DataViz employees have recently switched up their profiles to Research In Motion as their current employer.

Yet another interesting acquisition by RIM. My guess is this is a bit of an enterprise play - put a BES in your business and every device gets the full version of Documents To Go for free. It would be sweet if that was the case for consumers too!! Add this bit of news to the mix and it's no surprise then that DataViz isn't persuing development for Palm... I'm guessing with time they may start to reduce or phase out work for other non-BlackBerry OEMs too (that one is just a hunch though).

I'd say it's a smart buy for RIM. What do you think?!

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DataViz, Makers of Documents To Go, apparently acquired and now owned by Research In Motion

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Great move for RIM, but I hope it doesn't affect their IOS and Android business. I also wonder what it will do to the price disparity between Blackberry and IOS versions. I bought the full IOS version for only $10!

My only phone is the Bold 9700, but I keep and use an iPod touch. One of the main reasons is that IOS Docs to Go is the best version I've ever seen! It is so useful, allowing me to save attachments from email which are then synced back to my computer hard drive. That feature alone turned my "toy" into a useful hand-held computer.

I wish DTG worked nearly as smoothly on Blackberry, and for just $10.

Please see: BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com > BlackBerry Device Help and Discussion Forums > BlackBerry Bold 9700 > Problems Activating Documents To Go Premium Edition via Dataviz

RIM acquisition of Dataviz is exciting. My Torch was bought because I NEED a reliable clear phone, pda, tape recorder & camera integrated into one device. Next to that I want a means to put thoughts into productive use while in the wheelchair or confined to bed, so have used Dataviz Documents ToGo and Excel extensively for almost 10yrs on my Palm m125. I am not interested in online access so eOffice is useless to me. If Blackberry did not work with MS Word and Excel I would not have bought one; it's just that simple! But now I'm having loads of installation problems with Dataviz & as shown in the above forum they have NO tech support aside from Blackberry forum. Now we know why; they were in a transitionary phase. I am not willing to give up on the program but HOW SOON CAN WE EXPECT SOME TECH SUPPORT ?? & how will we access that Tech Support?

-- Truthful L Kindness & "Blessing" my big black wheelchair Service Dog

I guess that means that the upcoming Blackberry models will come preloaded with support for more work based documents and files. A smart move by RIM to keep hold of their business consumers

ok, so if RIM put this on the tablet, then heres my (humble) idea.
pad and pc both on same wifi network, word on pc has a extension patch on it for dataviz, and pad has a `send to desktop` option, and desktop has the `send to pad` option. that would be cool (like the throw through window idea that bumptop were working on before google bought them)

Very good move by RIM. As a daily user of Docs2Go I know it can be very helpful if they offer future support for all consumers. BES seems like it will be an obvious use of it from a business standpoint.

Could this be the reason device updates are as they are now?
I mean, is RIM working on something CRAZY big for a near future, so they are buyig up all the forepower they need and because of that, devices are just being pushed out with small add-ons, while the real device updates are being prepared?

Now tell me SugarSync is next in the "let's buy all software" queue!

Next podcast is gonna be the best...

I really like the D2G Premium I'm using and share documents between my desktop, laptop, iPad and Blackberry. Use it a lot on the iPad so hope they don't stop making the iPad version.

Palm isn't a huge loss since nobody uses Palm anymore, but RIM would be downright stupid to stop offering this to Apple! Likewise, they should have it for Android too if they don't already!

This reminded me that I need to email them for my code. They require two codes; registration and activation and I have two codes, but my reg code goes with my old phone and the activation code goes with the new one. I think the registration code for the new phone was in my VZW email, but I deleted it...ugh! It's all so complicated and I'm so confused...lol!

Anyway, this looks like a win for RIM and maybe those of us who can't keep track of all our codes!

This was an excellent strategic move. I think there is a lot of intellectual capital in the Docs to Go InTact Technology. Nobody else comes close to its efficiency. Between RIM BIS, BES and InTact, it will be hard to match for business use.

meh

I guess it was good for them but I'll stick to my eoffice unless they add a slew of features to docs to go that eoffice has now then i might give it a whirl again.

Yea good move RIM

HOLY CRAP! This is the first time in a long time that I have read comments regarding RIM and there business that know one has said anything mean or bad about!!!!!! (yet)

Way to go. Good move RIM you have Crackberry.com users agreeing with you so you did something right!

I have tried many apps for the ms suite on the BB and nothing beats docs to go so will we start seeing it as a integration or a free bee? well either paid or not its a pleasure to have something that truly works on the blackberry that gets the job done.

As a former Palm user DataViz was one of my must have apps. Glad to see RIM acquire this company.

I occasionally get updates for my software (that I originally paid handsomely for). I just hope that future updates will still be available for a reasonable (what DataViz charged) price. We shall see.

It would be great free premium documents to go... Or at least that it were cheaper. I was going to buy it, but now i don´t know what to do... I'll wait some time and see what happens.

While I found it okay on my old Palms as a basic doc viewer, the limitations of the screen, the software and the need to sync with a 'real' computer firmly kept it in its place as companion software rather than a standalone product capable of true word processing. Upgrading to a more fully-featured suite was desperately expensive for what you got.

On my 8520, I found these shortcomings still there - emphasized perhaps by its even smaller screen. I have since uninstalled Docs2Go completely from my BB.

If RIM has indeed acquired the product, here's hoping that they make the product a better fit on their devices and offer better functionality.

I just hope they don't discontinue Docs2Go for other platforms like iPhone, Android etc. 'coz that would just suck...

I think this is a great buy from RIM. Now, they need to do one of two things: make it a hell of a lot cheaper so us little consumers can afford it (I'm a student, I don't wanna pay an arm and a leg for apps), or, and I think this is the way RIM should go here... make the Pro version a standard app on all new devices and be able to upgrade for free for older devices!

Wow. A power move by RIM. I just hope that all DataViz people will be treated with great care and respect. Unlike all other competitors, DataViz products work. Plus, when I would call DataViz with my piddly problems, check it out: an actual PERSON would help me !

As a multiple smart phone user (a Tour and a Droid X) I have Docs To Go (paid version) on both, as well the paid version on my iPod Touch. This purchase concerns me as I worry that with future updates to say the Android OS, or Apples iOS I could very well be without 2/3 of the functionality I have paid GOOD money for. You hear all the time about an upgrade messing with an apps functionality and you have to wait on the developer to release a patch or update. IF, a big if since neither company has released any information about those other platforms, they do stop development for other platforms what will my recourse be? I paid for the app on multiple platforms with the understanding that it would continue to work... hmmmm.

The one essential app for me on my many past Palm devices was Documents to Go. Now, after email,BBM and SMS. Doc2Go is my most-used application. It is the one application that makes my BB my portable laptop/office. I think I made the right choice in smartphones. Docs2Go and BBM alone will keep me a loyal BlackBerry user.

I think the reason the WebOS version was dropped is because that platform isn't going anywhere. Face it, it's a iphone, Android world when it comes to apps with BB in third. Even with RIM's ownership, if there is money to be made in Android and iphone version, they will be made.

Probably, the best news I have heard from RIM in two years. Right up there with the WebKit browser. But is it enough? I use the view only versions and wish I had more functionality but I'm too cheap to buy the upgrade. If it was free with a BB device it would make BB devices more appealing.

Can't wait to see if RIM continues to support other os such as iPhone and Android or not. No matter what, I'm just as happy as the other posters. Love D2G!

This has been my biggest complaint about Blackberry. Having to pay for a full office suite is absolutely an insult after I have purchased one of these. Maybe this means that RIM will now offer it in full from the start.

Hell yes. What kind of mobile device support do those cloud based services offer? Answer: None to very crappy. Ever tried to use Google Docs on a Blackberry or even IOS browser? Let me know how that goes for you.

I still have Documents To Go loaded on my PalmOne Livedrive.

IMO think the phone screens are too small for spreadsheets.
I'm more interested in a 7" or larger device. With MS Office 2010 web offerings or Googles Docs I'm not sure DTG is relevant.

Great move, hopefully RIM take advantage of this productivity suite and cement their name as the leading business phone whilst also going full throttle (please?) at the consumer market!

It'll be silly for them to cut back on other devices since it'll be a good proposition for them to bring users over to the BB side whilst also providing a revenue source from major platforms.

Making this as a free suite for Blackberry users and integrating it fully into blackberry platform would be a godsend!

Next stop, include this with their touch screen tablet and it'll be viewed as an actual productivity companion for the smartphone, whilst also considering the multimedia/ high end users (ebook users, video, casual gaming). You'll have an tablet device(s) that actually be worth buying!

Good buy and one that'll compete well with Microsoft who plan to launch their rebooted smartphone Operating system before the end of the year (not that I need to tell you that they once had a fair chunk of smartphone business and one that creates the ever popular desktop office suit). That launch being the windows phone 7 platform which they will be subsidizing 3rd party developers on productivity and entertainment apps/tools whilst maintaining a strong focus on consumers and hedging its bets on cloud storage/sharing e.g http://bit.ly/9XF6AV (something I'd like to see RIM have a crack at! Never leave home/work without a document/file ever again is a mantra something RIM could pull off)

and 50 million is nothing when you consider how much MICOSOFT is going to spend on the launch of WP7.. 50-100 million? no make that 1 billion dollars and more over the course of the next year. there's a lot of catching up to do and something RIM can't afford to become complacent.
The more i hear about the wp7 the more im sceptical about it esp with the social services that integrates everywhere on the phone but it'll hit the floor running (esp now since they are building upon an eco-system that has worked for apple) and thats something to keep a watchful eye over, more so than apple and google combined over the course of the next 2 years or so.

DocsTOGo is a useless program! Who sits on their BB or smartphone and edits docs,pdf, PPT, or excel programs? Nobody! Save your money! RIM should have saved thier money and put in R & D in thier smart phones. You can attach any to an email. Doc to go was a decent concept for limited smartphone like Palms. RIM has no corner on the smartphones market. Iphone is spreading to the Verizon and AT&T markets and Andriod is with sprint. RIM needs to get the Lead out and their A##. RIM needs to crush the IPhone and Andriod! This huge waste of money! Purchasing Palm would have been a better move.

I like RIM and I like my BB but sugar coating the situation for RIM It doesnt help or make RIM make a better company. RIM needs duo core processing freaky 4G Blackberry wiht HD and 10 mp camera! WIfi N standard, REvamp the BB OS and make BB customers feel awesome about dropping 199 for an awesome BB. Hey RIM get off AT&T Juevos Rancheros and Torch this#$@%! Here is concept Take the Tour 4G style!

Another user here who is delighted to read this!

I'm knocking up spread sheets left right and centre on my BB abd the Word 2 Go is invaluable in my line of work. As has been said, after the email, BBM and SMS, D2G is the biggest win on the BB and exactly the reason why I own one. Got me out of many a tight pinch!

Some people have been up in arms over having to buy D2G Premium - it costs about £30? In the grand scheme of things that is not an expensive purchase.

Anyway,interested to see what this buyout will bring to us all!

This is the kind of feature that would move a person from one platform to another, or keep them on an existing platform.

Right now D2G is cheaper and better on other platforms.

If RIM is smart they will continue to develop D2G for other platforms, but give away the BB or sell it for much cheaper and continue to develop D2G to make it a must have product.

=X=

I use to use Doc to go all the time on BB.
The paid version on my Android works wwell well but I noticed the free Quick Office for Captivate works just as well and its free.

Now that devices have expanded memory and faster processors, add in functionality that business users expect such as charts and data menu options. As of now, D2G does NOT retain Excel file functionality when imported as claimed since all the major Excel menu items are not present.

Please see: BlackBerry Forums at CrackBerry.com > BlackBerry Device Help and Discussion Forums > BlackBerry Bold 9700 > Problems Activating Documents To Go Premium Edition via Dataviz

RIM acquisition of Dataviz is exciting. My Torch was bought because I NEED a reliable clear phone, pda, tape recorder & camera integrated into one device. Next to that I want a means to put thoughts into productive use while in the wheelchair or confined to bed, so have used Dataviz Documents ToGo and Excel extensively for almost 10yrs on my Palm m125. I am not interested in online access so eOffice is useless to me. If Blackberry did not work with MS Word and Excel I would not have bought one; it's just that simple! But now I'm having loads of installation problems with Dataviz & as shown in the above forum they have NO tech support aside from Blackberry forum. Now we know why; they were in a transitionary phase. I am not willing to give up on the program but HOW SOON CAN WE EXPECT SOME TECH SUPPORT ?? & how will we access that Tech Support?

-- Truthful L Kindness & "Blessing" my big black wheelchair Service Dog

What is going on here with DocsToGo aquisition, are there any further updates or rumors? Native PDF viewing outside of the email app? What about better functioning copy and paste from excel to a doc or email? Or perhaps active hyperlinks inside documents?

So much potential here with an absolutly essential app. Glad to hear about the aquisition, still patiently waiting for some of the benefits to be rolled out.

I find it hard to believe no one is interested in improvements in DocsToGo. Isn't it the single most important app after the phone and email? Sure would be nice to see OneNote support as well.