Posted in Into Outreach, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged forumnokia, Johan Paul, LinkedIn, Lumia, Maemo, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia, Windows Phone
I’ve been pretty easy on my favorite former employer lately, even to the point of gushing over Nokia World 2011 and pouring out pure fanboy praise over a fantastic phone that will only see limited release. But I don’t think I’d be performing my duty as a recently-renewed Developer Champion if I didn’t provide some much-needed critical feedback. Lovingly, of course.
Nokia’s physical withdrawal from certain locales is not a new subject for me, but it’s reached a point where I’m more concerned than ever. Of course most of my focus is on the United States, and more specifically, my home near Dallas, Texas. In just a few years Nokia as a brand has become a complete non-factor here and just about the entire country. I’m keenly observant of devices used by others and, outside of a small circle of open source enthusiasts, I’m seeing everything but Nokia phones in the hands of the general public.
None of that is news to most people. And Nokia has made it very clear that it expects its fairly new Windows Phone strategy, coupled with impeccable and compelling industrial design, to get its high-end products back into regions (like the US) where product sales margins matter.
The continued problem as I see it, though, is that Nokia seems to expect that they can concentrate all efforts on a few key cities. Its shrinking supply chain system has led to greater consolidation of localization activities at sites far removed from the end customers. Now, for core needs this consolidation need not be an issue; a phone engine is a phone engine is a phone engine. But as many companies are becoming increasingly aware, last-mile localization is an absolute must for finished goods.
This translates to customer Care activities as well. Contract employees at remote call centers just cannot identify with many of the diverse clientele they are called upon to support. It’s not just language barriers; cultural differences can be a real hindrance (not to mention cybersecurity risks). But more than that, trade customers (i.e., AT&T, Telcel, Orange, et al) will not tolerate delays in problem resolution. They will require local presence in key markets. Continue reading
Posted in Addressing Retention, Delivering Quality, Into Outreach, Inviting Change, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Ways of Rocking
Tagged developers, forumnokia, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nokia, outreach, Windows Phone
There’s been a crazy fog of speculation surrounding my previous employer for the past few years, and I’ll admit I’m guilty of contributing. Many of Nokia’s moves during that time have been unusual, counterproductive and even downright bewildering… so it’s hard to blame anyone for wondering what the heck platform-torching CEO Stephen Elop has really got in mind.
Nokia has always been a leader in hardware. That’s not even open to debate. Their serious failures have been, increasingly of late, in softer areas. Operating systems. User experience. Marketing. In no time Nokia’s failure to execute on iPhone-driven paradigms caused it to fall from leader to follower to company-with-a-questionable-future.
No need to rehash any more history, though, right? Let’s talk about the company’s future… and why my pessimism started to evaporate tonight. Continue reading
Posted in Delivering Quality, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Android, Apple, design, forumnokia, iPhone, LinkedIn, Maemo, Mango, Marko Ahtisaari, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia, Stephen Elop, Symbian, Windows Phone, WP7
I’m going to confess something that’s likely to cost me Twitter followers, kill future career prospects and launch a mild Comment war:
I’m not much of an app user.
And I can’t understand those who are, either. Well, I can align with the casual user. The few utilitarians out there. Those discriminating sorts who reserve their precious device storage space for more valuable content. Like songs, photos and LOLcats. Continue reading
Posted in Just for Fun, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Cat Corral, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged Android, App Store, AppCentral, Appia, Apple, AppUp, forumnokia, Intel, LinkedIn, Maemo, MeeGo, Microsoft, Nokia
Before I launch into coverage of the MeeGo Conference in San Francisco this past week, I’d like to touch on a touchy and related issue: the future of Maemo.
As most readers here are already aware, Maemo was Nokia’s enigmatic attempt at a Linux operating system for mobile devices. I don’t want to go into the history in this article; it’s easy enough to find on this blog and elsewhere and I want to focus clearly on the future. Continue reading
Posted in Getting Qt, Inviting Change, Mentioning Maemo, Mentioning MeeGo, Smooth Codings, The Cat Corral, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews, Ways of Rocking
Tagged Carsten Munk, forumnokia, Intel, Jukka Eklund, LinkedIn, Linux, Maemo, MeeGo, Microsoft, Moblin, N900, Nokia, open source
Image from Wikipedia
In a press release yesterday, Nokia informed its customers that its Ovi services would be folded back into the Nokia brand. Is this simply an admission of brand evangelism failure, or the prelude to further, more significant business changes?
Posted in The Write Stuff, Unusability, Views and Reviews
Tagged branding, Eldar Murtazin, email, forumnokia, IMAP, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Nokia, Ovi, services
Me in the Pictage booth
Sorry for the delay– here’s the MIX11 wrap-up!
Wednesday MIX11 keynotes opened with a video that turned out to have been developed by 24-year old Brandon Foy, by request of Microsoft after being made aware of a fan video he had made. Microsoft VP Joe Belfiore told the audience that if the Youtube video gets 200000 views, then Brandon’s video will be made an actual Microsoft commercial. So support crowdsourcing and help the guy out (he’s at 83890 as of this writing)!
Joe went on with a lengthy apology/explanation for the latest WP7 update delay. Their goal, he continued, is ‘more, clearer, disclosure’. The complexities of the mobile phone world seem to have caught Microsoft by surprise… something perhaps Nokia can help them with (Joe is excited at the prospects, and at one point invited Nokia’s Marko Argenti onstage to present on their behalf). Continue reading
Posted in Inviting Change, Smooth Codings, The Cat Corral, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged 2011, event, forumnokia, Las Vegas, LinkedIn, Microsoft, MIX11, Nokia
Warning: those with tl;dr allergy may want to skip this article.
Tuesday morning at MIX11 began with a nice continental breakfast courtesy of Infragistics. During the meal I chatted with various people about Nokia and the mobile world in general. Listening to the thoughts of those outside the MeeGo world is really helping me formulate messages to help them understand what’s going on but even better, to communicate the skeptical view to the MeeGo community in ways that they will find challenging instead of threatening. Continue reading
Posted in Mentioning MeeGo, The Process and Product Frontier, The Write Stuff, Views and Reviews
Tagged 2011, forumnokia, keynote, LinkedIn, MeeGo, Microsoft, MIX11, Nokia, Tuesday