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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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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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Tech Enterprise Giants Go Sideways for Growth

Tech Enterprise Giants Go Sideways for Growth

Investing in social media yet? Ouch! Bet that hurts whether zynga, facebook or even Google, those shares haven’t exactly been soaring. That traces in part to their inability to wring more revenue & profit from their visitors, more than their ability to attract visitors & keep’em. That share value trend is in contrast to that [...]

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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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Map Decisions Mean the World

Map Decisions Mean the World

Apple’s decision to bypass Google Maps for its own Maps app, is a shot across the bow in a new war. In truth, Google fired the first shot — Google & Apple were tolerant non-competitors, until Google went for the heart of Apple’s mobile platform with Android. Now a big battle is brewing. Time to [...]

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RIM Shakeup Is Welcome; ‘Stay the Course’ Comments NOT

RIM Shakeup Is Welcome; ‘Stay the Course’ Comments NOT

Rest assured that Thorsten Heins’ comments to stay the course to fix RIM- hire a new Head of Communications, execute a one-off Playbook relaunch- won’t fix RIM. This company went from darling to doldrums for good reason- it needs a strategic reboot- an issue as I’ve hammered home for over a year. Think like Sun [...]

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Situational CEO’s: Spot on, or Out Damn Spot?

Situational CEO’s: Spot on, or Out Damn Spot?

Microsoft has now ratcheted an even tighter relationship with Nokia; once again, RIM is on the outside looking in. RIM- still trying to on go it solo, unworried they haven’t the resources or focus to fight multiple simultaneous battles (tablets, op systems, geographic expansion, music & video library access, apps, trademarks, cloud memory access, etc). [...]

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Dharma Initiative Goes Live – Mark Your Calendars

Dharma Initiative Goes Live – Mark Your Calendars

Mark this week in your Calendar. For the pessimists among you, mark August 20, 2011 on your Apocalypse Countdown Calendar. If you read sci-fi, or saw ‘Terminator’, you know a popular sci-fi theme is that humans gives machines an ability to think, and the machines eventually destroy humankind. Pesimistic, yes, but most writers, even sci-fi [...]

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