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    BlackBerry said Monday it created a new business unit, which will include its 44,000 patents and several software projects, as the struggling handset maker seeks to find new revenue streams.

    The new unit, called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, will be led by Sandeep Chennakeshu, who has been involved in wireless, semiconductors and other tech sectors for over 25 years. He has served as president of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and chief technology officer of Sony-Ericsson, and is a named inventor on 73 patents. Chennakeshu starts immediately as the new unit's president.

    The change follows BlackBerry's rapid tumble from a leading position in mobile devices, as Apple's iPhone and smartphones running Google's Android operating system came to dominate the smartphone market. BlackBerry is shifting away from its failed focus on consumers back to its core corporate and government clients and building on its strengths in security and mobile-device management.

    The transition has led to the company substantially shrinking its workforce, with the culling resulting in a 40 percent cut to staffing -- or 4,500 positions -- last September alone.

    The BTS unit will comprise of a handful of BlackBerry's technologies, including QNX embedded software, the Internet of Things application platform called Project Ion, cryptography applications, antenna tuning, and BlackBerry's patent portfolio.

    "Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy," Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said in a statement.

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    08-18-14 09:15 AM
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    08-18-14 09:17 AM
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    I like how Chen is creating "business units" that must EACH show profit. No more 'loose money here but gain here' philosophy. No longer just one big pot. Now if EACH unit is profitable then the company as a whole is profitable.

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    08-18-14 09:25 AM
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    http://forums.crackberry.com/bbry-f3...kberry-953098/ as this is posted in the correct area am closing this one.
    CDM76 likes this.
    08-18-14 09:40 AM

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