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BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

BB’s Bold Days Over, Private Days Begin

Was interviewed by CTV News the evening of Sept 21st on Blackberry’s fate. Time to take a look back. The ‘crackberry’ was a groundbreaker launched by Waterloo-based Research In Motion in 1999. The amazing ingenuity lasted nearly forever, in ‘tech years’. 14 years of success in the fast-shifting tech world is worth saluting. Especially for a small [...]

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Irony and Karma

Irony and Karma

It has been a summer of irony and karma. Karma:  Canada’s wireless carriers, infamous for awful customer service & premium prices, are running ads quoting dubious research saying some wireless rates on some data plans in some USA regions exceed those offered by Canada’s carriers. The CWTA  ads evoke laughter from folks who travel to the USA. The [...]

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Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

Blackberry Predictions Not Magic

For folks asking by email or in person (you can also Comment via blog post; it’s private) I’ll answer your Blackberry themed questions all in one spot: 1. How did I know this quarter’s results BB would disappoint? I didn’t ”know”; I merely predicted, based on classic market behavioural factors(see #6 below). 2. What’s next for [...]

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Other Media: An Experiment

Other Media: An Experiment

You may have noticed I’m blogging less often; instead I’ve been putting more time into updates on LinkedIn (send a request if you’re not in my network), facebook groups (one social; one reserved for students competing in this fall’s OCMC) and twitter (@stratgeysteven). fyi: My observations on applying the ‘newer’ media tools to B2B/ Professional [...]

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Adobe-Lion Battle a Mindless Affair

Adobe-Lion Battle a Mindless Affair

Stop me if you’ve heard this one: “a Lion wanders into a an Adobe home…”. If you upgraded your popular software lately, you’ve likely met compatibility issues. My upgrade from Leopard to Lion was  inevitable; some complementary programs no longer support 2009-era platforms. But in the 5 weeks since an upgrade to Lion, I’ve found [...]

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Big Data – Batter Up!

Big Data – Batter Up!

My recent post about Big Data inspired some in-person inquiries (btw you need not await a 1:1 conversation; just hit ‘Comments’); namely: What Is It? Why Care from a business POV? Who Is Already Into It? I headed New Products at one on the Big Three global data houses a few years ago. Not long ago, I [...]

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New Apple HQ Will Test Cook’s Character

New Apple HQ Will Test Cook’s Character

The Apple ‘Mothership’ HQ lauded by myself (starting 2 years ago!)  and by others, is becoming a thorn in Tim Cook’s hide. It started as an undoubtedly a well-motivated, heartfelt, sincere adventure. Then-boss Steve Jobs cared enough about employees to give them a world-leading work environment, got quite involved eg personally pleading for zoning approvals [...]

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We Know Where You Are!

We Know Where You Are!

Yesterday a Strategy student said they’re following Apple’s runoured iWatch with interest- and well they should. My daughters & their friends almost all use of the ‘Finder’ app on their Apple devices. Me? I use Finder to locate my misplaced devices (Macbook or iPad) but they use Finder to locate …. eachother. Assuming iWatch has Finder [...]

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Office MAX Sees Wisdom of MIN

Office MAX Sees Wisdom of MIN

Crains has reported that Office Max, like WalMart & Best Buy- will make a push in small stores ie 5,000 to 10,000 sq feet. Why is this seen as ‘news’?  Two generations ago, high-service ‘small stores’ dominated retail, as they had since time began. Big Box formats, in Suburban/ Outskirts locations, are a recent wave [...]

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BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

BB Not Out of the Woods Just Yet

Kudos to Thorsten Heins for adding focus at Blackberry. Kudos to his firm for courting app developers & urging current users to be patient until the next device. Blackberry now has a renewed life with BB10. No frivolous tablet launches. No recent crucial system downtime. No compromise to launch fast; instead, launching when ready. Turning [...]

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