Bolaji, you are right. They had lost their market shares in west and in most of the Asian and Middle Eastern countries. As we know in most of the Middle Eastern and Asian countries, government has interfered their blackberry service due to certain security concern. That pops a wrong command that, most of the terrorists are using blackberry service. This pave the way for other competitors to capture the market space with android based smart phones. I think in these areas, Samsung is the major beneficiary.
It is true that wherever the Apple or Android phones have reached , RIM has lost its market share. In India Samsung Galaxy Smart phones have become much popular with the younger generation and compared to Apple they are cheaper also. These are replacing the Nokia and Blackberrys
RIM still does not seem to take congnizance of its competitors.
Hospice, The RIM ex co-CEOs have handed power to a new CEO but they are holding tightly onto the leash. The positions they are keeping on the board of directors, coupled with their history with the company, seem to indicate they probably will be pulling the strings behind the scene.
Nemos, Hospice puts it well. RIM is in urgent need of a radical reform and the market understands this. They would have given the new CEO time to prove himself except that he started by saying he didn't think RIM had a need for any "drastic changes." Well, why are the two co-CEOs and co-chairmen stepping down? That's already a major change after months of opposition to the idea by the two men.
Further, Thorstein Heins, the new CEO has been with RIM for about four years and was previously chief operating officer, which means he agrees with the actions taken so far by his predecessors. The two ex-CEOs are also staying on in one form or the other. When Jerry Yang left Yahoo, he moved on and resigned all his positions. These guys are still intending to stay around.
Of course, you are right. You need more than 48 hours to prove yourself in a job but from experience, I can tell you the market (investors) has a way of getting this thing right and they don't seem to be in agreement with the appointment.
Douglas, RIM is actually selling very well in other developing countries and especialy in Asia and Africa. The company is doing very well in Indonesia and elsewhere simply because the hottest competitor hasn't arrived yet. RIM has lost market share in the West because Apple and Google Android phones entered the sector. Once Apple and the rest of the competition get into Indonesia, RIM would lose again.
Obviousely, that was not the change that the market was expecting, but it seems that the former Co-CEOs Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis still think that they are useful to the company and they will continue to heavily influence Heins's decisions. This way it would indeed be difficult for the company to make tournaround that would be necesary for its viability.
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