Thursday 3 May 2012

Five Reasons the BlackBerry Isn't Doomed,

The technology world is a fickle beast. One minute, you’re king of the hill; 

the next you’re on the scrapheap. Consumers have an insatiable appetite for 

shiny and new, while products and service makers feed into this hunger by 

launching new versions on a regular basis.

In light of this here today, gone tomorrow reality, it would be easy to 

dismiss Research in Motion as irrelevant given how far the BlackBerry has 

tumbled in the past couple of years. Once the dominant smartphone player, 

the BlackBerry is scrambling to stick around  amid intense competition from 

Apple and Samsung.

Perhaps the most important day in RIM’s history happened yesterday when 

the company held its annual developers conference that provided a glimpse

 of its next-generation operating system, BB10. While the media coverage

 was mixed, it offered some reason for optimism that RIM will not go down

 without a fight.

With this in mind, there are five reasons why the BlackBerry isn’t doomed.

1. BB10 is a huge step forward for the BlackBerry. After some embarrassing 

fits and starts, it looks pretty good that the new OS will, in fact, be 

launched later this year. This will provide the BlackBerry with a huge 

boost given it has been trying to compete against Apple and Google‘s 

Android with an outdated OS.

2. With a new CEO, Thorsten Heins, at the helm, RIM will benefit from a 

refreshed corporate culture. For years, RIM was ruled by co-CEOs Mike 

Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie. While they oversaw tremendous growth, their 

dominant management style also made it difficult to new and innovative ideas 

to emerge and flourish.

3. RIM will benefit from much better marketing, particularly if it hires a 

top-notch chief marketing officer. For too many years, RIM relied on its 

stature as the world’s leading smartphone. It meant marketing was not a

 corporate priority, which is one of the many reasons why Apple was able

 to gain so much traction quickly with the iPhone. In the tech world,

 perception is reality so RIM left itself vulnerable by not having a 

creative and progressive approach to marketing.

4. The launch of new BB10-powered devices will be a huge difference 

because many consumers have been less than enthused about RIM’s hardware

 line-up. It’s like looking at under-powered 2011 cars when you know the 

2012s are around the corner. As well, BB10 has the potential to give the 

much-beleaguered PlayBook a shot in the arm, and, as important, let RIM

 move into new markets and establish partnerships with all smartphone makers.

5. Unlike many struggling high-tech companies, RIM has no debt and, for the 

time being, lots of cash. This gives it some time to get its act together 

without having to make desperate moves. It will let management place its

 bets that could be rewarded if the right pieces fall into place.

Don’t get me wrong, RIM has unfortunately found itself in a challenge 

and difficult situation. While many critics have already written RIM 

off, the patient is still breathing so it’s not out of the question 

it could come back to health.

Raj Rajput  [  MBA ] 
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