Well, I seriously wish RIM all the luck in the World. They really revolutionized smartphones and mobile chatting (IMHO). What they need to do now is reinvent themselves, or at least, pick their battle - one they know they can win.
@Timmor: With advent of very high level of automation, this is very low skill work. Most people can be trained for this type of work. Output of worker is very much controlled in this type of environment.
@Timoor: In production environment, techs follow strict instruction given to them which in turn comes from designer in other country. This will not make much difference. But sometime, management takes short cuts and that is of more concern.
Elctrnx, I think still RIM can work it out for a better plan as part of sustainability. RIM has to diversify its R&D and production facility to Tablets and Smart phones with 3G/4G capabilities. Most of the 3G phones from blackberry (except High end models) have no video calling facility. Another area is they have to rework the Play book with most soficated facilities/functionalities and to be independent of networks.
Barbara, actually what happens for the mobile industries. If we are analysis the market we can see that Nokia is on the way of shutting down and now RIM also follows it. Intel gave up their mobile chip plans and today I had read that semiconductor firm Renesas Electronics Corp. could sell its mobile chip subsidiary, Renesas Mobile Corp. According to industrial analysis, most of the developments are going to happens in communication sector, which includes Tablet and smartphones. But in day to day life we are hearing only about negative news.
AT first I thought Celestica initiated the breakup because RIM is so unstable. But reading that RIM accounts for one-fifth of Celestica's revenue puts some doubt in my mind. Celestica will have a hard time replacing that, particularly if it is going after mobile equipment. I believe the EMS also mentioned some repositioning, so maybe they will go after a different market.
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Peter Drucker famously said "Trying to predict the future is like trying to drive down a country road at night with no lights while looking out the back window." Yet in the razor's-edge world of electronics—with a lean supply chain and just-in-time demands—the need to know the future is vital.
While no one really can accurately predict the future, we can take guidance from another Drucker saying which is the best way to predict the future is to create it.
You've heard the saying "the No. 1 supply chain risk is your people." That hasn't always been the case. But today's complex global supply chain requires a new type of multitalented employee. It's one who understands, finance, marketing, economics, is savvy with technology, graceful with relationships and can think analytically.
Where are these people? Are universities properly preparing the next generation supply chain professionals? How do train your existing workforce for these new, demanding positions?
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