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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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Two Techies, Two Paths

Two Techies, Two Paths

HP & Dell are taking 2 very different paths to try to turnaround their fortunes. HP did see the potential of tablets but failed in that category, and withdrew their entry a month after launch (ouch). They’ve apparently now given up; they’re radically cutting staff, to focus on a (slowing) PC market, presumably aiming to [...]

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Hewlett-Packard Layoffs Completely Forseeable

Hewlett-Packard Layoffs Completely Forseeable

HP recently announced a layoff of 27,000. No surprise at all. Years ago I argued that they should shift resources from building PC’s  to IT services, cloud computing, etc, as IBM and then Xerox did. HP’s then-CEO (they had a few, due in part to conflict between Board & Exec suite!) opted instead to bet [...]

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Bored With Boards? Don’t Be!

Bored With Boards? Don’t Be!

Board games can be fun. Monopoly, Scrabble, Trivial Pursuit. And, of course, Risk. In particular, Risk. Because if the past decade has shown the need for overhaul in any specific area, it’s Corporate Governance. The rules that govern boards. The way those rules are (variously) implemented. The appointments made to a Board. The actual running [...]

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Tablets a Great Classroom (& Great for Classrooms?)

Tablets a Great Classroom (& Great for Classrooms?)

The tablet market is so fast paced & shifting in terms of core competencies that it’s a delight to observe. A quagmire for analysts, a heartburn-generator for investors, a sleep-depriving, ulcer-making machine for industry employees- but a delight to watch, for instructors & students of Business. I’ve reported in this category before; each time, I’m [...]

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Vindicated by HP’s ‘Re-Invention’

Vindicated by HP’s ‘Re-Invention’

I’ve written several times that the right route for HP in the Carly Fiorina era was NOT to buy share in similar geographic and sector markets for PC’s (by buying out Compaq) but to acquire an adjacent complementary product (eg mobile devices, big-screen TV’s) or an upstream firm (eg microchip maker) or downstream player (consulting or IT [...]

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