More bad news for RIM

Waterloo, Ont.-based Research in Motion just can't catch a break.
Earlier this morning, Brand Finance Ltd. pegged The company's brand value at $3.3 billion, down 24 per cent from January's $4.36 billion. (Brand Finance is a London-based worldwide firm that specializes in the evaluation of intangible assets.)
That news comes on a day that RIM is expected to report “disappointing” second-quarter results, according to the Globe and Mail.
And report the company did. The CBC reports that profits are slashed in half over last year's Q2, at $329 million (US). Revenues, at $4.17 billion, are substantially of the analysts consensus of $4.5 billion.
Shares are falling sharply. And, despite the fact that I've always believed the dysfunction at RIM is overblown, now is the time for a decisive move in the C-suite. Regardless of whether the problem is more the perception than the technology, co-CEOs Mike Laziridis and Jim Balsillie haven't been able to change that perception. Shareholders aren't going to tolerate it much longer, and will vote with their feet.
The new, QNX-based operating system has to come soon, and RIM can't afford it not to be a compellingly different user experience. The new BlackBerrys have to be revolutionary, like the earliest RIM products that changed the face of the mobile enterprise (hell, it practically *created* the mobile enterprise). RIM has to woo developers from iOS and Android, a tall order.
The company's share value makes it queasily close to an easy takeover target, and it would a shame to see a young, iconic brand like RIM's relegated to a second thought in some international tech giant's portfolio.

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Dave Webb
Dave Webb
Dave Webb is a freelance editor and writer. A veteran journalist of more than 20 years' experience (15 of them in technology), he has held senior editorial positions with a number of technology publications. He was honoured with an Andersen Consulting Award for Excellence in Business Journalism in 2000, and several Canadian Online Publishing Awards as part of the ComputerWorld Canada team.

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