Research In Motion

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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Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung (GRAMS)

Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung (GRAMS)

GRAMS. Universal units of measurement. And a memory-tool summarizing key smartphone players- easier to create once Nokia basically fell out of serious contention. I had expected it possible that this Fall I’d need to revise GRAMS [Google, RIM, Apple, Microsoft, Samsung], after the iPhone 5 intro. I thought it might seal the fate of RIM, [...]

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CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

CTV’s Jen Ward Asks the Hard Questions on RIM

Black Days for Blackberry. Here’s Jennifer Ward asking the tough questions: Of the many smart questions she asked, the most sage is: Will Consumers Wait (until 2013)? As a Blackberry user myself, I doubt that many of us will wait that long. There are just too many advantages to having an iphone or Android device [...]

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Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

Don’t Forget to Brush Under the RIM

That sound of flushing is the sound of RIM share values circling down. RIM is led by a CEO so strategically limited that he said ‘staying the course’ was viable when he promoted to the post. How much time (and shareholder value) was lost as Mr. Heins climbed the ‘Strategy 101′ learning curve? Who knows. [...]

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CTV Asks Smart Questions About RIM

CTV Asks Smart Questions About RIM

A CTV News At Noon interview today showed that determining the right questions is as important as answering them well. And CTV did ask the right questions. Video is here:   Steven Litt http://watch.ctv.ca/news/latest/rims-future/#clip690767

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Research in Motion-Sickness

Research in Motion-Sickness

Research in Motion is set to announce more layoffs. A question on many people’s minds is ‘how many’? As a strategist, I’m more interested in what other announcements might be made alongside this one. This week there was a telling one- RIM has hired 2 investment banks – JP Morgan and RBC Capital- for a [...]

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Wish I’d Been wRONG About wRIM

Wish I’d Been wRONG About wRIM

Time to fess up. Wish I had been wrong. RIM just posted its latest quarterly- the first under the leadership of Thorsten Heins, and those results said more than I could have said – although I did say it  -in guest lectures in November 2009, full classroom (Rip RIM)  sessions starting in January 2010- an [...]

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The Limits of Communication

The Limits of Communication

Despite RIM’s enthusiastic announcement last week to boost their investment in Communications, I have reservations. I may be misquoting the great David Ogilvy, but I believe he implied that great advertising won’t make a success of a bad product, but it will kill it faster (by generating enough public interest to achieve Trial!) . As [...]

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Visions Come to Life, Good & Bad

Visions Come to Life, Good & Bad

Received some fine feedback today from students, concerning Mission & Vision Statements. Now is a great time to discuss the hardcore relevance of a Vision – something that is so long term & ‘soft’ sounding. I owe RIM a thank you for falling into the abyss after I ripped that company for so long for [...]

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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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