[kwlug-disc] RIM VP on apps and open source

William Park opengeometry at yahoo.ca
Tue Jan 17 11:55:33 EST 2012


Just because RIM is important to a region, it shouldn't be an excuse for "head in the sand".  Defensive statements (like "no debt in the book") as marketing strategy is bad idea.  First, it says RIM has nothing to sell now.  Second, it says RIM has nothing to sell in the near future.  Third, it says RIM has no idea what to do, and simply coasting along hoping for a miracle.

I think RIM has to figure out what they want to do with Playbook.  If you look at Blackberry, it was essentially "cell phone" + "email".  RIM was the first to do it.  Problem is that things that RIM wants to do with Playbook, Apple did it first.

Since you can't really do any work on a tablet (no keyboard to type like this email), probably "movie" may be the key ingredient.  I'm thinking, not only movies from major North America studios, but from anyone all over the world.  Like "Blockbuster on the go".  But, I hear Apple store already selling movies. 
-- 

William



----- Original Message -----
> From: John Van Ostrand <john at netdirect.ca>
> To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
> Cc: 
> Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 10:52:02 AM
> Subject: Re: [kwlug-disc] RIM VP on apps and open source
> 
> 
> I was reading for RIM's benefit not open source's. RIM is important to 
> this community and I think to Canada so I focussed on that.
> 
> The positives for RIM are the comments about RIMs financial strength and the 
> word to developers that they will continue to exist; the between the lines 
> message that RIM hired an ex developer for relations; the statement that they 
> are looking at the problems seen in other environments. I hope this insight and 
> the opportunity to re-invent gives them a leapfrog advantage.
> 
> Most of the side-steps were reasonable, like not being part of the BBM group. 
> The Netflix probably fell within his purview but I think he made it clear it 
> wasn't an important item for RIM. He side stepped the question about early 
> release, but this is marketing and I think it was wise to avoid that.
> 
> The anti-open source message about QNX is disappointing. Is that really FUD 
> about android? I have a tablet and lots of the apps seem to be calling home. 
> I'm tired of apps that ask for a wide range of permissions just to play a 
> game and only work when they have wifi access. I don't like the idea of a 
> walled garden either but I'm not convinced that is the case for the 
> Playbook.
> 
> ----- Original Message -----
>>  Yes,
>> 
>>  All the answers were wishi washi and dismisive of the concerns of the
>>  users/clients
>> 
>>  The comment about open source tells me he doesn't understand the
>>  model. The FUD about android.
>> 
>>  I'll ask you the question: what do you see as positive?
>> 
>>  ------------------------------
>>  On Tue, 17 Jan, 2012 9:44 AM EST John Van Ostrand wrote:
>> 
>>  >You think that was negative?
>>  >
>>  >----- Original Message -----
>>  >> Wow. With friends like these RIM needs no enemies.
>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >> Raul Suarez
>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >>
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>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >>
>>  >> From: L.D. Paniak <ldpaniak at fourpisolutions.com>
>>  >> To: KWLUG discussion <kwlug-disc at kwlug.org>
>>  >> Sent: Tuesday, January 17, 2012 9:10:18 AM
>>  >> Subject: [kwlug-disc] RIM VP on apps and open source
>>  >>
>>  >> VP for developer relations on the state of affairs and FLOSS FUD:
>>  >>
>>  >> 
> http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story/2012/01/11/f-rim-blackberry-ces.html
>>  >>
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