re: Balsillie's Secret Plan to Save RIM: Crazy Or Smart?
It's amazing to me that each & every blog or media publication chooses to ignore the "giant" pink-elephant in the room: if RIM could port BBM to other OS's they would have done it a long time ago!!! The reality is that RIM doesn't have the engineers or minds to make this a reality, the proof is in the fact that QNX can't work with "old" BB functions (BBM, BES, BIS). RIM waited an entire year to release a major update for the PlayBook & all the did was fix a lot of the bugs, but NO BBM! Don't expect BBM to be on BB10 devices in Q4. RIM has run out of time, so expect them to talk-up a lot of rhetoric about "change" & "innovation". Meanwhile, RIM really plans to change NOTHING & stick to what's been ruining their company! They have NO strategy to compete with Apple/iOS. They have NO apps or an app-ecosystem to keep their customers around. They have NO strategy to keep developers interested in coding for BB10, since they refuse to design tools or at the very least make it easy for developers to program & design functional/useful apps that customers will have no problem buying. Plus, RIM has NO idea how to play "catch-up" while thinking 5-6 years ahead to how the market will look. This article is another example of how J. Basillie made big statements & had big ideas, but NO follow through & NO real way to accomplish his goals. RIM got too used to stuffing supply-chains, while "fudging" forecasts & quarterly revenue figures. Now that a company like Apple has emerged, that actually sells every product they manufacture, the endless supply BB-models taking up space & collecting dust on inventory shelves has finally caught up to RIM's books. Now they have no way of selling their "crap" to carriers who are more interested selling the latest & greatest devices to eager customers.