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How Can Blackberry Come Back from the Dead?

Posted by Igor Stenmark
Igor Stenmark
Igor Stenmark is a Managing Director of MGI Research.
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on Monday, 04 November 2013
in Mobile Computing

Blackberry today announced a termination of its planned buyout and a replacement of its CEO Thorsten Heins with former Sybase CEO John Chen as an interim Chief Executive. A smaller ($1 Billion) round of funding will take place instead.

Going private and restructuring the company is in our view the most viable long-term path forward for Blackberry. Company needs a real strategy that is different from everything management has tried during the last 24 months. As a mobile phone maker Blackberry is "dead". It still has many users worldwide, it still has great technology, but the game is over and all the rest of it matters little. The question is: What's next?

We believe that Blackberry could be re-born as a mobile device company. Five years from now, mobile smartphones and tablets will be only one of many Internet-enabled smart devices. A broad spectrum of connected gadgets and sensors ranging from smart alarm clocks and thermostats (a la NEST) to cars, cargo containers and heavy industrial equipment, is likely to hit the market. The opportunity in this space is wide open and Blackberry at least has the technology and some remaining talent to deploy in this area. The company has hinted at the automotive market apps a while ago, but we do not believe it really focused and funded this effort in earnest.

One thing is clear, - if the new management team tries to once again revive Blackberry as only a smartphone maker, its chances for success are limited. Our expectation is that Blackberry will be bogged down for a while in survival mode and not be able to refocus on new opportunities till at least mid-2014, if at all.

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State of Mobile Apps 2013 Study Continues - Make Your Input Count

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on Friday, 26 July 2013
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Our 2013 State of Mobile Apps study is on-going.

The study main focus is on mobile strategies. Almost half of the companies we have interviewed this year on mobile, indicate either an average or below average ROI. Many cite lack of a clear and focused strategy as a key contributing factor to these results.

Early data shows very interesting changes in mobile strategies.

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An In-Depth Look at How Mobility Drives Business

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We are launching our 2013 industry study of mobile strategies, tools, best practices and budgets. This is an extension of the highly successful 2012 mobile study that focused on identifying the gaps that separate companies that are best in class vs. those that are average.

If you have a point to of view and more importantly hands-on exposure to mobile at a management, business and/or technical levels, we invite you to participate in the survey. Additional details about the study are available here. All participants will receive a free copy of the Executive Summary and will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad Mini.

Numerous CIOs have shared with us feedback from last year's study, indicating how the results have helped fine tune their strategies and budgets. We look forward to hearing from you.

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NPR Marketplace Interview on Mobile Payments

Microsoft Surface - Curiosity is not Enough

Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAPs) Buyer’s Guide

CIOs talk about not renewing RIM Contracts - Next Six Months Critical

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Microsoft Surface - Curiosity is not Enough

Posted by Igor Stenmark
Igor Stenmark
Igor Stenmark is a Managing Director of MGI Research.
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on Tuesday, 08 January 2013
in Mobile Computing

During the holiday season we have been taking a closer look at the Microsoft Surface tablet and assessing interest among consumers, enterprises and app developers.

Our take is that the current version of Surface has some interesting aspects but lacks the critical mass of capabilities and design elements to really "move the needle" for Microsoft in the near future. Our skeptical view is shaped by several factors:

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Microsoft: A Below Surface View

Posted by Igor Stenmark
Igor Stenmark
Igor Stenmark is a Managing Director of MGI Research.
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on Tuesday, 19 June 2012
in Mobile Computing

The announcement of Microsoft long-awaited Surface tablet focused everyone's immediate attention on a few of its hardware features such as the keyboard cover and a USB port. In terms of both opportunity and risk for Microsoft and members of its ecosystem, this announcement represents a seminal event. If Microsoft is successful in gaining market share for Surface and can then extend that initial success to other product initiatives, it can dramatically alter the shape of the PC and mobile computing industry. If it fails, then major changes are likely at Microsoft. Market reaction has been positive as MSFT shares finally moved up today by over 3%.

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