Linked by David Adams on Thu 30th Jun 2011 15:57 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless There's no question Research In Motion is in the midst of a major transitional period. The company is planning to launch a brand new product line based on a brand new operating system within the next 12 months, and even though the first device born out of RIM's new QNX OS was impressive in some ways, it was incomplete. There still is a chance for RIM to deliver some really interesting competitive products, but time is quickly running out, as we have written time and time again. Update: RIM's response.
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RE[2]: Couldn't care
by danger_nakamura on Fri 1st Jul 2011 19:08 UTC in reply to "RE: Couldn't care"
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I don't think that the desire to remain unnamed is an indication of cowardice. It is not an easy thing to blow the whistle in any organization, but sometimes it needs to be done. If the motive is to improve the organization, of what use would it be to do so in a way that would cause your potential removal from said organization?

Is that likely... yes. I work for a company that "values open communication" and I can state beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is complete bs. I have watched over the years as people that stuck their neck out in disagreement, especially over culturally endemic problems, got their heads cut off. Labels like "negative person" and "not a team player" come to mind. The truth is that very few of these people struck me as negative at all, and all of them save one (in my estimation) sought to improve the team position through their dissent, not undermine it.

The fact is that any organization is made up of human beings. Human beings have a natural drive for self preservation, and also issues like ego and hubris come into play. I think that it is often the case that those in leadership positions are incompetent. But they are also in a good position to ensure that no one finds out - or that those that do are "taken care of." And to do so in a way such that their actions do not look like direct retaliation. It is corruption through and through. And it is business as usual. Expecting the poster of this letter not to take these facts into account is unreasonable.

Telling the world that the Emperor has no clothes can be a difficult and dangerous job. We should comend those that have the courage, yes courage, to do so regardless of the venue. Perhaps a case could be made that this communication should have been made to other members of the company and not to the public. Perhaps that was already tried and the attempt(s) failed. But clearly this person felt that nothing short of this would yeild results. He/she has invested his/her future in RIM and their success. He has every right to attempt to shape that future and to do so in a manner that minimizes the likelyhood that he will be singled out to be "corrected."

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RE[3]: Couldn't care
by Not2Sure on Fri 1st Jul 2011 23:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Couldn't care"
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I wrote the anonymous letter. I have it on good authority from senior BGR editors that they wrote it. I have verified this.

Seriously wtf passes for "tech journalism" these days. It's a fake and just BGR pandering for page views. They have zero credibility for putting something on the web without putting a name to it. This isn't whistleblowing or corporate malfeasance, it's whining and has no place in any publication of basic journalistic integrity.

When people start writing "Open Letters" to management, they are either recently fired/laid off, about to be laid off, and have an axe to grind, or just need to quit and move on, because if they know so much about how to succeed and are in an environment that is "holding them back" whining is about as productive as cashing that paycheck every month (See Nokia Plans G, H, X, Y, Z).

Either way it doesn't matter. The letter was completely off-base. The number one problem with Blackberry is and always has-been marketing. They blow it consistently and are synonymous with boring hardware and "old" software no one wants to admit they own at a party.

Doesn't really matter if it's even true in the smartphone consumer segment. The qualities of the product no longer drive sales anymore just absurd perceptions of them.

(eg., OMG the iPhone has 1.1 million apps in the App Store therefore it must be the best smartphone for me) or (OMG Android is activating 500,000 phones per second(!) it must be the platform of the future)

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