BlackBerry's Ottawa product development center closes doors

BlackBerry's Ottawa product development center closes doors

Alas, we continue this week'sBlackBerry news stream with another somber event. Under John Chen'scommand, the Canadian company has decided to shut down its productdevelopment center in Ottawa. 90 employees that have worked ontop-priority projects, such as the BlackBerry Bold, BB10, and theBlackBerry Z10, will be let go. This is a big, symbolic loss, as inbetter times, BlackBerry's former CEO, Thorsten Heins, referred toits business in the Canadian capitol as "the epicentre ofBlackBerry 10 development.”



Apparently, the cuts happened on thesame day (March 18) in which BlackBerry announced that it has fired120 workers from its product development and wireless innovationsteams in Waterloo. Sadly, this recent spree of job cuts has beencoming for a long time. Last year, the company announced that itintends to reduce its workforce by up to 40% until May 2014 in aneffort to become profitable again. In addition, BlackBerry has putmore than 2.2 million square feet of its Canadian real estate forsale. It also sold its US headquarters in Irving, Texas.



The company expects to turn itsfortunes around by focusing on enterprise software and innovations,while consumer devices will remain in the periphery. Still,BlackBerry has already come up with two new smartphones, and anocta-core 64-bit flagship model is somewhere down the line. Itrecently signed a manufacturing and device design deal with China'sFoxconn, which means the company no longer needs to maintain some ofits former product development structures. However, current CEO JohnChen has talked at length about BlackBerry's plans to build aSecurity Innovations Center in Washington, and expressed a lot ofconfidence in the various technologies that the company is developingfor the future. It's safe to say that BlackBerry won't leave its corebusiness and attitude behind.



source: OttawaCitizen via MobileSyrup

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11 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

A sad day in smartphone world...

2. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

We knew this was coming, RIP Blackberry; take note Apple, keep forcing tiNy outdated phones on the consumer and this, too, can happen to you.

3. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

lol those "tiny outdated phones" are breaking sales records. I guess you also missed an article that stated that Apple is the most valuable brand (financial valuation) at $104.7 billion, the second was Google at $69 billion. Apple being the first company to break $100 billion valuation.

6. PAPINYC

Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Geeez, one would think i spilled wine on your wedding dress; calm down Mary, i just want Apple to be around forever.

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

You're saying RIP as if BlackBerry is dead. There is still much life left in BlackBerry, and they will pull through.

5. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

This company just needs to shutdown total operations. They are never making a comeback in the market and other users and companies use much better platforms in the market today

7. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

BlackBerry does not need to shut down. These cuts are not only necessary, considering BlackBerry's new business model, but were expected. They will be fine and will make a comeback. They still possess the largest share of smartphones in corporate-government-security. And there is no way that you can judge how good or bad BB10 is, considering that you've admittedly only used a BB10 handset for one day. BB10 is a robust, smooth and powerful OS.

9. ddavis7387

Posts: 20; Member since: Mar 04, 2014

I think they can become a player again, with the right marketing and a great phone. Most consumers are sh**p, no disrespect but look how the iPhone took off. Everybody had a phone with a physical keyboard, when the iPhone dropped it had alot of cons but it was different enough that people got on board. I dont think that there is a bad platform today, I like Apple, Windows, Blackberry, and Android. They all have pros and cons over each other there's not one thats really better than the others only the way that the consumers see it, thats where marketing comes into play, and thats why you see so many Samsung/Apple users they advertise the best.

10. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Bad for the employees, good for BB.

11. techperson211

Posts: 1280; Member since: Feb 27, 2014

Loosing ones job is not a good thing especially in this hard economy. May they have a new job immediately .

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