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  • Elop's Nokia, A Portfolio Crusher? [View article]
    I was at Nokia from 2005 thru the end of 2010 and it was all due to the former CEO and his team that has put Nokia where it is today. OPK and his top management team had no clue about the market and or devices and should have been tossed out in 2007. He and his team wasted hundreds of billions of dollars. I like to say Nokia was like the Titanic heading for an iceberg and the rudder was broken, Stephen Elop came in and fixed the rudder but Nokia still scrapped the icebergs and is now still in repair mode. I still give him lots of credit for walking into a pile of you know what ! and trying to fix a big mess. I must say I had hoped Microsoft would have bought it and spun off NSN.
    May 10, 2013. 12:51 PM | 13 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Nokia Still Dead Or Will It Outlive BlackBerry? [View article]
    Thank you for a well written article, Nokia board realized back in mid 2010 that the ship was starting to sink under OPK and began looking for a replacement. Thank god they went outside and found new blood, if they hadn't done that I think the old management would continued with Symbian as the primary platform and a side kid Linux MeeGo one. I got bashed for writing in the internal blog saying Symbian was dead and we needed to invest in Linux. Turning around a company the size of Nokia takes time and yes they will hit bumps in the road and or miss judge the market and what works and does not work. The problem is Wall Street understanding of what it takes to do a job this big, too many of these analyst never worked in the field and have no understanding and yet claim to be experts. They expected companies to be like a light switch and change over night and pump out double digits results. NSN deal had to be done and should prove out to be a good deal in the next few years for Nokia.
    Jul 22, 2013. 09:00 AM | 11 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • For Nokia, Stephen Elop Is A Flop [View article]
    I would like to go back to Sept 2010 when I was working at Nokia. Stephen came in and the first thing he did is send us all and email asking for our comments of what we saw wrong with Nokia, and 2,000 of us responded to him. Symbian was already in decline, yet under the former CEO OPK who painted everything as fine. His Symbian team convinced him and his team that they were the way to go while Linux Meamo OS team took a back seat. If that guy and his team had look at iOS & Android and not discounted them in 2008, then Nokia would have pushed Linux OS out a long time ago! Stephen took a sinking ship and pugged the leaks as he had to make decisions has how to save it. Did he make all the right decisions ? time will tell. Also look at Nokia in 2010 when no one wanted the CEO job of a sinking ship! We judge too many of our CEO's these days by stock price and not the underlining business and how they fix it and make it grow through innovation which can take more time then investors are willing to wait for. Alan G. McNally at Ford is one of those CEO's that a book will be written about how he took hold of a sinking ship and turned it around.
    Jul 22, 2013. 07:01 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Nokia Cannot Afford To Miss The Tablet Bus [View article]
    yes the tablet market should be a priority for Nokia to get into, and they should first look at the medical field, since this field is a huge user of Windows OS, a WP8 should be and needs to become a natural fit, for the medical community. While I was at Nokia I was pushing this back in 2008 - 2010 and got no traction by management.
    Apr 1, 2013. 09:27 AM | 10 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Tablet? Really Nokia? [View article]
    Could they be building this on Windows 8 Pro and not Windows 8 RT?
    This OS would make so much more sense, because in my opinion is the ability to run traditional desktop apps, which in many companies could replace the need to carry a laptop around.

    Windows 8 Pro (x86)
    - Desktops, - Notebooks, - Tablets
    - Can run traditional ( Desktop) applications
    - Can run new (Windows Store) applications
    Aug 19, 2013. 08:10 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Nokia Still Dead Or Will It Outlive BlackBerry? [View article]
    So yes they are at the mercy of MSFT, but I would also say so isn't Microsoft at the mercy of Nokia. Without Nokia leading the charge in WP OS , I think WP OS would be far behind BB 10.

    Nokia screwed up by not dropping Symbian a long time ago, they also should have bought or partnered with Palm/HP WebOS and made a MeeGO / WebOS OS platform. I read that there may be a Nokia Laptop / Table in the making. If they can pull this off where the screen detaches from the keyboard, this could be a game changer for those who still need and want a laptop, but also need a tablet.
    Jul 22, 2013. 09:43 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Ford (F) CEO Alan Mulally says the company will continue to oppose Japan's entry into free trade talks with the United States until the nation opens its markets for more U.S. cars and works on measures to strengthen the yen. The exec called the automobile market in Japan the most closed in the world. [View news story]
    Good for Alan speaking out about free trade! But Japan is not the only country we need to fix our trade imbalance with!
    The US should take an approach that if you want to due business here that you have to play by fair trade rules.
    Mar 26, 2013. 06:56 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Indian court lifts freeze on Nokia factory [View news story]
    Is not Nokia the parent of the India subsidiary? And so responsible for paying the bills.

    They could threaten to close down the factory and move jobs elsewhere!
    Dec 12, 2013. 07:21 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia Falls Victim To Politics In China [View article]
    The EU can Screw China back by doing the same for work done in the EU by chinese companies!
    Aug 27, 2013. 10:54 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia (NOK) is seeking to block the sale of most RIM (RIMM) products in the U.S., Canada and U.K. through the enforcement of the ruling of an arbitrator, which found in favor of the Finnish company in a dispute over patents related to its wireless local access network (WLAN) technology. The arbitrator, the firm says, ruled that RIM is "not entitled to manufacture or sell WLAN products without first agreeing royalties with Nokia." [View news story]

    Just hold on and wait for it to turn around I bought in at $5.60 thinking they had hit bottom, but NSN is doing well now, Nevteq is doing well, and WP8 will overtime do well also. Mr. Elop had no choice but to dump Symban and go with another OS.
    Nov 28, 2012. 06:47 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why Nokia Didn't Make A Mistake By Giving AT&T 'Exclusivity' [View article]
    Stephen Elop should be given great credit for stepping into a pile of doo doo, that was left behind by others before him that wasted resources and money on worthless ventures. People criticize him for dumping Symbian OS, but it was losing market share in the smartphones fast and was only still making money in the lower end market. Internal people warned management back in 2008 that Linux OS was the way to go and the Symbian people squashed almost all efforts to change. He still has a long way to go in fixing a mess and I wish him well in it. By the way Navteq mapping was the one purchase they made that was worth it, and is now showing the world that it is a leading in mapping and navigation.
    Oct 15, 2012. 12:16 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Elop's Nokia, A Portfolio Crusher? [View article]
    I am not say Elop may have not made some mistakes, but OPK ran Nokia into the ground.

    Example: $450 + million to buy Intellisync Mobile in early 06 and dumped another 100 million into fixing it, only to shut it down in 08, mobile email solutions never lasted more than 6 months then a new solution came out. OPK led the drive to build a high end Netbook long after they where seen as no longer a hot item., Purchased remaining shares of Symbian foundation 400-500 million, on an OS the world said was old, and dying.
    8.5 Billion on Nevteq maps and all the money spent on Ovi.
    Every 6 months there was another reorg going on.

    Where as Steven Elop walked into a huge mess and has been cleaning it up and trying to turn it around. This my friend takes time and is an up hill battle when you have loss market share and have to reinvent your product line. so I would put 95% blame on the former CEO and his team, and 5% on Elop for the stock price.

    Nokia's stock will go up when their products start making bigger headway into the mobile market and make money the old fashion way and earn it and not make it by cuts
    May 13, 2013. 03:40 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Nokia's (Hidden) Value - Part 2: Potential [View article]
    Most of Nokia's restructuring cost will be completed by the end of Q4 2012 and I believe in Q1 2013 with the launch of new WP8 devices in Q4 for AT&T, Verizon & T-Mobile you will see profits coming back. Mr. Elop had a very big job fixing years of miss management and waste, you could compare Nokia with Ford in that both where in decline, and needed someone to step in and make major changes.
    Oct 17, 2012. 07:55 AM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Tablet? Really Nokia? [View article]
    So my reasoning about hoping it is a Windows Pro is the ability to run traditional ( Desktop) applications and it can run new (Windows Store) applications. This would be a great option for medical people like doctors and nurses who not walk around with a laptop in hand.

    I said many times while at Nokia they need to capture the medical apps and desktop apps tablet space. With 4G LTE & VOIP options, along with Bluetooth and NFC for medical devices.

    Converting old medical desktop apps to run on a touch screen tablet could be the game changer!
    Aug 19, 2013. 12:45 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • For Nokia, Stephen Elop Is A Flop [View article]
    So true that companies are judged by stock price and not by growth and or financial improvements. Rebuilding and or fixing a problem company takes time and so turning around a product takes time. I am sure people said the same about Ford.
    Jul 22, 2013. 06:47 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment