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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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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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Threesome Spells Conflict

Threesome Spells Conflict

Is trouble brewing on the Enterprise? Not the Star Trek Enterprise, the Enterprise I.T. market. Threesomes present BIG potential for conflict. Feelings of betrayal, exploitation. Microsoft makes a deal with Oracle on Clouds. Okay. Then Oracle cozies up to salesforce.com- presumably to enhance their future BigData access & B2B ties.  That potentially put Oracle between Microsoft and the customer (the [...]

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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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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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