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RIM shareholders want answers at annual shareholder meeting


RIM’s mobile offerings are in a heap of trouble on the stock market, and its shareholders sought answers at its annual shareholder meeting held in an auditorium on the Wilfrid Laurier campus last week. RIM has long been criticized for not diversifying itself as the mobile market evolved. While they may have had market share since smartphone adoption really got started, that is no longer the case. BlackBerry simply doesn’t have the apps, social networking, or even web browsing capabilities that iPhones and Androids possess. If you don’t allow your users to easily access their content from the cloud on their mobile device, you can’t expect to keep your them happy.

While the RIM senior executives and board members tried to ease shareholders concerns, it was clear that the relationship was in trouble. Voters withheld 15 and 30 per cent of the votes for election of a board member, which suggests they don’t like the candidates they were offered. “[The board] has to look at the break-up for the company into the handset business and the software and services platform, and a potential sale of either or both or private placement funding investments by giant competitors like Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and others,” says Vic Alboini, chief executive for Jaguar Financial. “That will save this company. Their whole focus continues to be on licensing the BB10 platform, joint ventures and partnerships. And again, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

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RIM has customers running for the Silicon Valley hills


The past decade has been the undisputed generation of the mobile device. Research in Motion was a leader in the infant stages of smartphone technology when it released its first Blackberry with email capabilities in 2003. Since then, RIM has remained a leader in the mobile technology world, especially in the corporate world. In the past year, the company has taken a serious beating, with a 70 per cent slump in its stock. It dropped 19 per cent on June 29 after they posted a big quarterly loss and announced a delay in the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Needless to say, customers are running for the Silicon Valley hills occupied by iPhone and Android smartphones. Most analysts agree that the best route for the company to take is to sell off its assets, which could create disruptions in the BlackBerry service. Corporate companies who use BlackBerry heavily are now looking at contingency plans in the event that BlackBerry service gets disrupted.

“We are well on our way to having a dual environment, so if RIM did go out, we’d be ok,” says Robert Burkhart, director of new technology innovation at Nationwide Mutual Insurance. “If people are starting contingency plans now, they are behind the eight ball. They should have been looking at this all along.”

“RIM’s situation is dire, but even in a worst-case scenario, RIM’s servers aren’t likely to get turned off anytime soon,” says Avi Greengart, tech research director at Current Analysis. “Still, IT managers are looking more seriously at alternatives to BlackBerry. There’s a whole industry ready to provide security and management around Apple and Android.”

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Tablet and Apps key to mobility success


Tablet’s are all the rage these days, not only because they are fun and convenient, but it’s the best way to experience what the app industry has to offer. In a previous post, we had mentioned that BlackBerry’s lack of variety in their apps is what may be causing RIM to lose some of its smartphone market share, pointing out that WebPal doesn’t connect with as many BlackBerry apps as it does with the Android and iPhone apps.

Today, RIM released its BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 software upgrade, and one of the main new features of the software is that it can run android apps. Other improvements include the ability to type onto the device using the keyboard of a BlackBerry smartphone; an improved calendar that expands and appears bolder as more events are added; and it pulls LinkedIn information for your contacts.

These new changes may give RIM the mobility edge it has been looking for, and may help with the desperately lagging sales of the current PlayBook. Unfortunately for RIM, the announcement of the iPad 3 is expected (or hoped for) in March, and RBC Capital Markets analyst Mike Abramsky believes this is just one obstacle for RIM to overcome.

“The PlayBook brand is significantly impaired,” Abramsky said. “RIM will have to do something in addition to PlayBook OS 2.0 to stir up consumer demand. Additionally, the iPad 3 is expected to be announced early March and may overshadow any positive news flow RIM gets.”



RIM needs apps to move forward


The news that Research in Motion (RIM) co-CEO’s Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis have resigned has sent the mobile world into a flurry over what this means for Blackberry’s market share. Blackberry supporters are left wondering if the executive shift at the company can revive its lagging sales, while iPhone users and their fellow nay-sayers are touting “I told you so.” It certainly not a good sign if a company has to drop their leader and founder; So the question remains, where did the innovative Canadian tech company go wrong?

Lazaridis and Balsillie founded RIM in 1992, and they “revolutionized the communications industry with the development of the Blackberry.” This left them in them a perfect position to get a handle on the market share of the mobile industry before their competitors flooded the market. When Apple entered the market, Balsillie “boasted that the iPhone would enhance RIM’s fortunes by increasing awareness of smartphones.” This was their biggest mistake.

Apple’s focus shifted “from hardware to software” with their app department. Many users turned to iPhones, because where Blackberry was designed as a business tool, iPhone was also designed to be a cool and trendy gadget. Soon businesses began to adapt their networks to be compatible with their employee’s personal iPhones. The arrival of Androids and their apps just made RIM’s problems worse.

Apps are multi-faceted in their usage; some are great cures for boredom, and others make life and business easier. WebPal is compatible with eight different iPhone apps and nine different Android apps that help users access their files from their mobile devices. Blackberry apps are not nearly as varied.

Apps are the present and future of mobile; they create a new revenue stream for the developer, as well as drive up sales for their hardware… which is something that RIM needs desperately right now.

Mobile has gotten so big that it transcends art! Check out this video of a violinist improvising with an unannounced ringtone accompaniment to his performance.