We had BlackBerry’s CEO, John Chen, introduce Alec Saunders as the VP of the new QNX Cloud BlackBerry subsidiary but he was light on the details. Supposedly the QNX Cloud division is all about the “Internet of Things” which is the latest buzzword at tradeshows. Thankfully Alec took to this blog to give a few more details about what he envisions his new role to be. In short it is all about enabling machine to machine connected devices from cars to power plants to consumer devices in a cross platform approach.
Here is how Alec describes it:
Last Thursday, news broke that I had accepted a new role as the Vice President of QNX Cloud, a new business unit at QNX (a BlackBerry subsidiary). As an industry we’re closing in on connecting every phone on the planet — maybe 5 billion in total. What’s next? Connecting up all the machines. QNX Cloud is a business focused on building enabling cloud based technologies for Machine to Machine and Internet of Things businesses. QNX Cloud is infrastructure that enables a wide range of connected devices (ranging from automobiles to power plants, consumer electronics, and more) to be managed, updated, and remotely monitored. Our goal is to facilitate so-called “big data” analysis of data coming from these connected devices, and to provide programming interfaces that allow the creation of sophisticated new applications that deliver real business benefit to our customers.
John Chen, writing on Inside BlackBerry, described this move as a “return to his roots”, but I prefer to think of it as a continuation of a path that I have been walking on for most of the past 20 years of my career. A future that, for twenty years, has been coming “one day at a time”. QNX Cloud is a developer product, first and foremost. It’s targeted at networked and embedded devices. To be successful, we’ll need to build an ecosystem, channels to market, and recruit strategic partners. And because it’s a new initiative, it has many characteristics of a start up.
Wish us luck.
Best of luck Alec on the new role!