Some thoughts on RIM's CEO switchover
What's disappointing is that there is no indication that RIM's new leader is going to seize on this transfer of power to put the company on a new path. Anyone who read my piece from last week (gdgt.com/discuss/it-s-time-for-rim-to-abandon-blac...) knows that I believe they need to either abandon BlackBerry 10 and focus on the company's remaining core strengths or find a buyer. Instead we get a conference call with Heins this morning where he says he's going to more or less stay the course, with the only "major change" that they will start to focus more on consumer marketing.
Not sure why they need to switch CEOs to start focusing on consumer marketing, but you can guess that this feels to me like a major missed opportunity for RIM to bring in some fresh thinking. It's possible that Heins is just being publicly deferential to Balsillie and Lazaridis, who will remain on RIM's board, while planning to make some more serious changes, and so I'm prepared to give him the benefit of the doubt right now. That said, what RIM needs right now is someone who is going to challenge this moribund company and force it to make some tough decisions about what to do and where to go.
I for one would love to see more competition in OS space. Don't like the duopoly direction were are heading in right now. Not sure what the impact of WP7 will be just yet, but assuming they do well, that is still only 3 competitors.
There is some light at the end of the tunnel, most people thought Motorola was dead, but they've started to make a comeback. Anything is possible.