Layoffs at RIM? Great, Fresh Blood is Good

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The newswire is abuzz about recent firings or layoffs at RIM and generally giving the tired same response of “another nail in the coffin for RIM.” The truth of the matter is that it’s probably not that people considering the giant size of RIM globally, and in the end it’s for the best. Fresh blood will bring fresh ideas to the company and challenge the status quo. Rather than see this as the demise of the company, it should be seen as a positive move for the company to cycle out some underperforming fodder for some real innovative staff.

Generally, the company has lost its evangelists. Every single news source loves to put a negative spin on the news. For example: RIM is supporting other smartphone platforms on BES. Rather than understand that companies on BES are seeing a smattering of other devices on the network and a few iPhones isn’t a corporate takeover, media likes to say it’s the end of RIM. Hopefully these layoffs are happening in the marketing department because they’re clearly not doing a good job of convincing the tech writers and bloggers of the world.

The media is a real herd mentality these days. Maybe it always was.

UPDATE: Again, the media just keep repeating the same line over and over. When the VP of Digital Marketing, Brian Wallace, announced he was leaving for Samsung, somehow this got translated into bad news for RIM. The real story is that Brian Wallace has been working at RIM for 11 years. Any company that’s going to transform for a fast-paced and changing market should be happy if 11 year old employees are leaving. It will make room for new blood that can invigorate the company.

  • http://www.facebook.com/lucasatkins Lucas Atkins

    They have a hiring freeze…how will there be new fresh blood?

  • Anonymous

    Agreed. This article title makes no sense. 

  • John

    See the linked article. RIM is talking redundancies.

  • Phil

    More about layoffs:

    “The company also announced a “headcount reduction” to keep costs in line.”

    http://www.loopinsight.com/2011/06/16/rim-implodes-announces-layoffs-500000-playbooks-shipped/

  • http://twitter.com/Hardened Hardened

    Agreed!
    There is already another executive leaving ship. NOT a good sign; that makes 2 in 3mths … oh and the CEOs saying they’ve never been more committed to RIM. They should’ve been all along. Philantrophy is great in science but they NEED to put back the investment in RIM; share/stock purchase plan ending July 10th this year … seems more a protection plan.

  • http://twitter.com/Hardened Hardened

    Agreed!
    There is already another executive leaving ship. NOT a good sign; that makes 2 in 3mths … oh and the CEOs saying they’ve never been more committed to RIM. They should’ve been all along. Philantrophy is great in science but they NEED to put back the investment in RIM; share/stock purchase plan ending July 10th this year … seems more a protection plan.

  • Me

    I was just LAYED OFF by rim after starting only several weeks ago.  “cycle out some underperforming fodder” => I committed more code than most of my colleagues.  I actively pursued and developed new features in the short time I was there.  I was even working in my spare time to develop marketable features on the playbook.  They blew a lot of money on getting me started, and quite frankly there was NO attempt by upper management to even understand in the slightest bit what I was doing there.

    This decision comes from some MORON in upper-management who has no idea how his fucking product is made.  Rim seems to be keep around the same morons who threw the company into a downward spiral in the first place.  Their code is shit, blackberry is running on 5-10 year old technology, and 5-10 year old api’s.  Nobody will develop for it.  I’d be happy if this company fell now, they deserve to die with that kind of negligence.

  • Good Luck You Deserve Better

    Sorry to hear that and hope you find something better soon.  You were cheap to fire. You were fired. There is not a lot more to say.