When Thorsten Heins took over as CEO of Research In Motion, he appeared to approach it with a calm hand. He spoke of the things that the company was doing well, spending precious little time on the things that needed changing. In fact, his arrival was so tame that some pundits said that it just wasn’t enough. RIM needed to do something, big, and again they had fallen short. Of course, in the world of instant internet commentary, there is little room for patience. As it turns out, RIM really was primed for a shakeup. It just took some time — until their Q4 earnings call, to be precise. That came yesterday, and shake things up they did. The first and most shocking revelation is that co-founder Jim Balsillie has left the company. It might have been inevitable after the moves from January, but it still comes as a shock. We’ve never known a RIM without Balsillie, at least in name. Now his relationship with the company he founded is over. Gone with him are two more executives: CTO David Yach and COO Jim Rowan. That shake-up enough for you? Another interesting, if underreported, item Heins discussed was the idea of licensing BlackBerry 10. He said that the company would remain open to the idea, which I am totally on board with. Then again, he also said that RIM would consider an outright sale, so it appears that they’re leaving all options on the table. It’s easier to tell everyone that you’re open to anything, rather than limiting your options. At a time like this, RIM absolutely should consider every proposal that crosses its path. With their BlackBerry 10 smartphones, RIM plans to create two lines of devices, one for consumers and one for business. Chances are the consumer-focused one will be what we’ve seen with the mini PlayBook (the London, or whatever you want to call it now). The enterprise device will likely be the normal BlackBerry form factor. A slider could be a cross-over device as well. It will be interesting to see if the devices are significantly different in any ways other than form factor. Even through their re-focus on the consumer market, RIM did state that it will remain heavily involved in enterprise. In other news, RIM did reveal some information about BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, their solution for managing enterprise devices on any platform. Here’s a video on the device, courtesy of BerryReview. There was some positive and some negative with this announcement. There are definite positives in the shake-up, even more so because they took their time with it. It wasn’t done for the sake of it; it’s pretty clear that every move was well through out. Once again, though, we’re left waiting for BlackBerry 10 — and we still have months to go.