1. ophjacks45's Avatar
    Nice article in FT based on conversation with the Chen.

    BlackBerry stakes out business customer - FT.com
    07-25-14 07:41 AM
  2. allengeorge's Avatar
    Interesting. The Passport is going to be used as part of a clinical management system? I guess that's what the NantHealth deal was all about?
    07-25-14 10:12 AM
  3. Jtaylor1986's Avatar
    Copy and paste please. I don't have an account

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    07-25-14 10:15 AM
  4. NamelessStar's Avatar
    can't read article dont have sub to that site.
    07-25-14 10:16 AM
  5. Nick Spagnolo's Avatar
    Copy paste for me too please

    07-25-14 10:17 AM
  6. ophjacks45's Avatar
    Copy paste for me too please

    can't read article dont have sub to that site.
    Copy and paste please. I don't have an account

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    Apologies folks, but FT's terms and conditions do not permit copying and pasting their content to the Internet. You could try doing a Google search on this title (BlackBerry stakes out business customer). The link that shows up on the search results usually works. It did for me.
    07-25-14 10:58 AM
  7. NamelessStar's Avatar
    yea sadly everything links back to FT so guess this is a useless thread for anyone who doesn't have ability to see it. on the other hand he said this very thing of 80-20 during the financial report last month as well soooo... nothing major i guess.
    07-25-14 11:15 AM
  8. webber27's Avatar
    Chen was brilliant for saying "50-50" at the start. Now every time he's asked he can make positive headlines by just increasing that number :P

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    07-25-14 03:22 PM
  9. Gerii's Avatar
    Google translate allowed me to see the article without account.
    Did he say before that he would like a tablet?

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    07-25-14 09:27 PM
  10. lastrice's Avatar
    Here it is

    BlackBerry stakes out business customer
    By Daniel Thomas, Telecoms Correspondent
    John Chen was grounded by a typhoon in Hong Kong but he laughs when asked whether BlackBerry is facing similar storms.
    Its still 80:20, BlackBerrys chief executive says about his chances of turning around the smartphone company. (In March he rated his chances at just 50:50) I am actually feeling better than that now but I never use 100:0 as that would jinx us. But we are definitely out of danger.
    Mr Chen laughs a lot. You would imagine it helps to do so, given the tumultuous time when he joined the Canadian technology group as chief executive.
    It was last autumn and the company had just failed to sell itself. From an icon feted by rap stars, lawyers and US presidents, BlackBerry had become the company that appointed singer Alicia Keys an avid iPhone user as its creative director.
    BlackBerry was left searching for a future as share of the global smartphone market fell from about 50 per cent to 3 per cent over four years. Its share price similarly collapsed from a peak of $139 to just $6 when Mr Chen joined.
    In the months since, he has set out a clear turnround strategy, appointed a new management team, and signed partnerships with Amazon and Foxconn.
    In spite of Mr Chens cautiousness, his efforts seems to be bearing fruit. Shares in the group were up 50 per cent on the year last month making it one of the best performers in its sector as the company returned to a quarterly profit and slowed a heavy cash burn.
    The panic has gone. We are going to be a viable company and the question now is how great we are going to be. That one I will need some time to answer.
    He expects it would take six quarters to turn around the company, and then maybe five years before the wider strategy can be deemed a success.
    Still, a glance around a crowded underground train station at Bank in the heart of the business district in London hammers home an unavoidable truth about BlackBerry that few now use the financiers once cherished little helper.
    Likewise, the 02 shop in the City of London carries a large range of phones but only a single BlackBerry. The neighbouring retail stores such as EE and Vodafone have none at all.
    BlackBerry is performing the sort of disappearing act from the consumer market that has many analysts writing down its chances. The handset business is dead, according to Pierre Ferragu, analyst at Bernstein. It will never have scale to compete again.
    Ken Dulaney, analyst at Gartner, says hardware sales to consumers will make or break the company. The numbers show that consumers have already moved to rivals, leaving those buying BlackBerry only as a protest vote.
    BlackBerrys cost cutting and outsourcing the manufacturing of its phones to Foxconn were measures that merely saved it from collapse, he adds.
    But Mr Chen is not worried, not least because he is placing his bets on the enterprise market. He wants to sell 10m handsets a year a fraction of todays market leader such as Samsung (445m in 2013) or Apple (150m in 2013) but adds that the phone sales, mostly to business customers, will make money.
    For the company to return to financial stability to grow again, it has to be on the back of [the] enterprise [market], he says. I choose not to fight all of the wars at the same time. But by no means am I giving up on consumers. One day you will see us coming back.
    This intent a return to BlackBerrys roots as a company renowned for making reliable and secure work devices is apparent in BlackBerrys forthcoming device, called the Passport.
    Mr Chen is in Hong Kong to finalise the manufacturing of the defiantly square phone, a shape unproven with consumers but designed to be ideal for spreadsheets.
    This, along with a Classic BlackBerry expected in the autumn, will play to its roots in producing functional, keyboard carrying devices supported by secure software.
    BlackBerry will be a platform for the regulated industries of finance, government and healthcare, Mr Chen says, which all need security provided by its BBM messaging and enterprise servers.
    For example, BlackBerry has already agreed a deal with a healthcare company that will use the Passport as a clinical management system.
    What we are doing is focusing on security and privacy, which is where all the things are connected. Every IT device no matter what operating system we want to talk to and connect securely.
    Thats the long term, it may take five years but in the next year or two, we will be generating money, and investing in security management and becoming tighter with the regulated industry.
    Despite Mr Chens optimism, investors and analysts still talk about the company in terms of its constituent parts. Gartners Mr Dulaney says it makes sense for BlackBerry to be broken up and sold. He says divisions such as BBM, the QNX internet of things platform, and its network operations centre could have value but are hampered under the funding model of the struggling parent.
    Mr Chen rejects such suggestions, saying job cuts and sales of assets are over. In fact he says BlackBerry will start recruiting again, while future devices are on the drawing board. If the Passport and Classic are successful, Mr Chen indicates, future versions will be considered. Mr Chen would also like a tablet.
    I am going to listen to the market, he says, finally making his way to the much delayed flight from Hong Kong, noting, in passing, that many in the airport lounge are still tapping away at his companys phones. The only problem is that they are using the old BlackBerrys, he admits ruefully.
    07-26-14 01:39 AM
  11. BrizzadMan's Avatar
    Interesting article...

    - Passport to be used as (or part of?) a clinical management system... agreement is already in place with a health care company.

    - If the market asks, a tablet is a possibility in the future

    - He is in Hong Kong to finalize manufacturing of the Passport? Hmmm...

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    07-26-14 12:26 PM

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