John Chen, Blackberry, Code Conference

Asa Mathat

Mobile


BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen used self-deprecating humor to convey a message to the skeptics who’ve counted the smartphone maker out in the market that it pioneered.

“We have a lot of problems,” Chen said in an appearance Wednesday at the inaugural Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif. “But it’s not dead.”


“I’m the most qualified person to do this, or the only one they found.”

Blackberry CEO John Chen on his job candidacy.


Chen acknowledged that there are parts of the company that were, well, sicker than he presumed when he joined BlackBerry in November 2013 as its chief executive. The positioning of the phones, for example, was weaker than he had initially thought — even as it held a stronger position its security and embedded systems in automobiles.

Asked to offer his prognosis for the company, which reported an annual loss of $5.9 billion for the year that ended March 1, Chen offered an upbeat diagnosis.

“I am quite confident that we’ll be able to save the patient,” Chen said.

Chen said the company’s future will hinge on successfully returning to its enterprise roots and developing products for specialized markets where security is valued, such as healthcare.

BlackBerry will also attempt to crack the Internet of Things market — selling its technologies to companies whose products would, in turn, be sold to consumers, Chen said. It will even make another run at the handset market, where its share is estimated at roughly one percent, according to researcher IDC.

“I am not by any shape of the imagination … giving up yet,” Chen said.




4 comments
shawnsbrain66
shawnsbrain66

#1 buy of Blackberry's: US Government. Why? They are the most secure. They need to capitalize on that. Still, I'd never buy one.

Eidooc
Eidooc

BlackBerry is so dead, it's not even funny anymore. If you can't get your bread and butter (smartphones) back on track, how in the FUX are you gonna venture in some new sh*t that Apple/Samsung (phones/tablets), Google (internet of things), Microsoft (enterprise/cloud), Amazon (cloud), DropBox (cloud) and many others already have sewn up? Who in the "enterprise" is going to trust BlackBerry to handle anything other than email? Where is their track record for handling anything else in the Enterprise? And who the FUX announce they're gonna make a run on healthcare so their competitors can beat them to the punch with even better software? Boasting security didn't stop Apple/Samsung from eating BB's lunch. Intuitive software (iOS) put BB in the dirt.  

CassaraRadio
CassaraRadio

BlackBerry may not be dead, but when you have to remind the world every few months you're not exactly in the best of health either.  

NegativeZero
NegativeZero

@Eidooc

They are not venturing anywhere. They are ahead of the game in everything he mentioned.
Do your homework, look up BES and QNX.

Also, Compare Whatsapp to BBM while you are at it. You will note that BBM's cloud technology is capable of encrypting every individual message, provide stereo voice calls, and video calls - and has just less than 1/4 of the users Whatsapp has. Granted - BBMs users are approx 80% active unlike Whatsapp...

And regarding bad software, you might want to try a BB10 phone in hand before you judge it. You may note that the only saving grace of Apple and Android is the vast number of apps... everything else on those mobile operating systems are weak (BlackBerry actually has higher HTML5 standards then Chrome ... built into the operating system... and supports literally every standard out there - like keyboards and monitors wirelessly and what not) ... And even if you did have some sort of magical argument that Apps make the software great, BB10 runs android apps.

So do yourself a favour, please don't judge a book by how many commercials they have shown you of how inspirational the book is.

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