See what happens when you get wrapped up in the national spirit of competitive sports….you completely neglect your business duties. The winter Olympics was a grand spectacle to watch. We got off to a bit of a shaky start with a tragic accident but we sure ended with a BANG! In the midst of all this I just didn’t get to the blog posts, so here I am trying to make up for it.
Well, we’re two months in to the new year of 2010 and what has happened? Public Mobile is no where to be seen, Wind Mobile is up and running and the rest are playing catch up.
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) was a bit of a bust…..no real breakthrough ideas. Some interesting 3D products but nothing really leading edge.
The Apple announcement on their iPad was also a bit if a bust if you ask me. Looks like a giant iPhone and certainly under-delivered on expectations. It remains to be seen whether it can make an impact in the market at an expected price point of $799.
GSM World (Feb 15th to 18th) in Barcelona didn’t really add much news to the category. Google is being disruptive, the market is shifting from a traditional focus on voice to data and from hardware/phones to software/apps. Mobile banking in North America is starting to take hold and mobile operators are realizing that the category is maturing.
So where does that leave us? The successful companies will continue to push the envelop on innovation and make investments in new business opportunities. We’re well past the point of cost cutting our way to profitability, we have to get back on the growth curve. Investment is what gets you there.
We’re not out of the woods yet but 2010 is certainly looking better than 2009……Olympic gold medal in hockey certainly put us on the right track.