RIM is dead. Long live RIM.



The worst possible news for RIM right now is a delay in bringing some sort of modern product to market. In other words, delaying their QNX “killer” smartphone. But that is exactly what they announced last night - QNX phones won’t be ready until the end of 2012.

The problem is that they are already behind their competitors with little chance at turning the company around and maintaining a big presence in the smartphone market. This delay will pretty much cripple their chances of catching up with iPhone and Android.

I sort of feel sorry for RIM though - they are a bureaucratic mess at all levels that really doesn’t know how to change fast enough to meet market needs because they never had to before. Apple and Android come along and ate their cake and they couldn’t defend themselves.

On the other hand, there is part of me that doesn’t feel sorry for them because their success in the past developed into a culture of extreme arrogance at all levels, and I was treated very poorly during our academic relationship as a result. You know the old saying: What goes around, comes around. And payback is a bitch.

And speaking of payback, check out the headlines I found on Google News today from this past month:

  • RIM’s Holiday Slogan: “Ho Ho Holy Crap, We’re Desperate”

  • RIM’s Dim Chance of Staying Alive

  • iPhone Crowned New King Of The Enterprise

  • RIM Announces Two More SnoozeBerrys

  • RIM’s BlackBerry branding decisions still confusing

  • How low can RIM go?

  • App Developer Support Dwindling for RIM, Suggests Survey

  • iPhone Boots BlackBerry from Business World

  • RIM’s decline prompts calls for company break up

  • Rim Skids Redux

  • Does RIM still have a chance of turning things around?

  • RIM: It’s Time For A Change At The Top

  • Not much silver lining for RIM fans

  • Blackberry Maker Takes Another Wallop As It Slips Below Book Value

  • RIM’s Struggles Continue Amid Issues, Product Delays

  • RIM’s Stock Falls Below Book Value

  • BlackBerry Outage Prompts Class Action Suit

  • BlackBerry maker’s shares fall to seven-year low

  • RIM hit with consumer lawsuits over BlackBerry outage

  • Apple discovers last unkicked spot on RIM’s ass, kicks it

  • BlackBerry ‘on a knife edge’

  • RIM share target slashed as PlayBook price falls

  • The Only Reason to Use a PlayBook Is DOS

  • Apple surpasses BlackBerry in enterprise

  • BlackBerry Is Being Beaten at Its Own Game – by the iPhone

  • BlackBerry 7 sales seen slowing, iPhone 4S & Android bad news for RIM

  • Has RIM Lost Its Way?

  • RIM in a Downward Motion After Analyst Bashing

  • No Christmas in RIMville

  • Blackberry’s Research in Demotion

  • RIM story could get worse, Wall Street says

  • Pressure Mounts on RIM

  • Investors punish RIM for grim outlook

  • BlackBerry 10 Phone Delay: Is This the End of RIM?

  • RIM offers dismal outlook, shares tumble

  • Voices Grow for RIM Management Shakeup

  • How Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android Left BlackBerry in the Dust

  • RIM is earning a reputation as the successor to Microsoft as the “biggest loser” in smartphone sales

  • RIM reaps grim 2011

  • Still Grimm at RIM

  • Why Is RIM Going Dim?

  • RIM investor confidence ‘in the pits’

  • Time for a leadership change at RIM

  • A look at troubles for BlackBerry and its maker

  • A True Race To The Bottom For Nokia And RIM

  • Stop Lying to Your Customers, RIM

  • Everyone Has Ideas to Resurrect Research in Motion — Does RIM?

  • Want a BlackBerry 10 phone? Don’t hold your breath

  • Chances of a Research In Motion Turnaround Slim: Analyst

  • CNBC’s Jon Fortt: “RIM’s Guidance is Awful”

  • RIM’s Forecast Misses Estimates as BlackBerry Loses Luster

  • RIM will end year with less than 1% of global tablet market: IDC

  • Whither, RIM? Looks like nowhere but down