One of our tipsters sent us some notes from the keynote at RIM’s RDX employee only developer expo in Waterloo that started yesterday. According to our source RIM’s COO of product engineering, Thorsten Heins, gave the keynote yesterday with the CTO of software, David Yach, set to keynote about OS 6.1 today. The general consensus was that Thorsten really offered a frank and candid view to attendees. Its good to see that RIM’s executive management is seeing a clear picture of what needs to change. Here are some highlights:
- RIM has a history of running late on commitments and that needs to change
- The release of OS 6.0 ran late and that “cost” RIM
- It looks like OS 6.1 is already falling behind schedule a bit and that is “not acceptable”
- He doesn’t want to be late on OS release and updates anymore – Embarrassed with OS 6.0 delays
- Lots of divergent teams working on similar projects – need focus and consolidation
- Trying to make teams more effective without bureaucracy
All in all I am glad to see that Thorsten Heins is kicking the troops in gear for a solid OS 6.1 launch. RIM needs to get the execution down right for this release since they really need this one to be a winner out the door. Truthfully if they just sexy-fied BlackBerry 6 with awesome visuals along with the faster processors they will probably have a winner on their hands.