What happens to the fightback now?

On July 2nd,  Anssi Vanjoki wrote that “The fightback starts now.”

via asymco | Nokia says the fightback starts now. Oh Really?.

Anssi Vanjoki has just resigned from Nokia.

This is potentially a positive development for Nokia as the “fightback” as Vanjoki defined it was certain to fail. His departure might allow a new team to accelerate the response to the disruption using an asymmetric approach. The odds are massively stacked against Nokia but the more turnover is seen at high levels of the organization the better their chances.

  • David Kinlay

    There is a dearth of new product on the market from Nokia. They really are floundering!

    • Shaun

      That's about to change though. NokiaWorld this week. N8 and a couple of other higher end phones due for release with Symbian^3.

      As long as they don't screw up the RAM situation in their phones again like they did the N96/N97 then they should be fine.

      Qt for development is looking like a blinder. And then there's the Wetap people developing an app for MeeGo that lets it run Android apps.

  • Vertti

    Vanjoki was talking way too much.

    • With the number of statements he made over the years you might think that he was sometimes right. I only remember him being wrong every time.

      • Vertti

        Precisely. Most disturping was that he was talking different things that everybody else in the company. There was a huge amount of mixed messages in the company. Thank heavens that our favorite fruit company marches straight. They know who says what and when. 😀

  • Chris Harris

    If the Android (WeTap) emulator rumour is correct, that will be about the only way to get iPhone/Android development teams to produce Apps for their platform. It's very difficult making a decent profit on the iPhone right now, let alone android, and spreading resources, over those two platforms is tricky for small dev teams. A third platform impossible.

    My advice to Nokia, throw in with Google and their Chrome OS (not Android – Nokia need to be different not a me too). Google does software, but doesn't do hardware. Nokia makes the best hardware but can't make software.

    • Shaun

      WeTap have said they're doing it but IMHO it's not going to be that useful for Nokia as it's MeeGo Tablet software, not Symbian.

      What would be better would be Nokia convincing Google to use Qt on Android/Chrome for native application development beyond their JavaVM based system today which is pretty useless for anything requiring a bit of grunt behind it.

      Google already use Qt for some of their apps. Google Earth for instance.

      Nokia's Qt Mobility API is pretty cool too.

      That might work brilliantly for both Nokia and Google to the detriment of iOS/WP7.

  • It will be interesting to watch Nokia over the next few years. The challenges imposed on them by iPhone and Android already represent an existential crisis. In my view, they have just layered another problem on top of the first. 

    When companies get into strife, their internal culture is often overwhelmed by a need to attribute blame. 

    By appointing an American as CEO, Nokia's board has given its parochial Finnish staff a place to direct their negativity. Inevitably, the water-cooler conversation will develop into "This was a great company before the Americans took over".

    There's no doubt Nokia needed a change in leadership, but appointing an American risks distracting attention from the real objective of creative existence. This risk will increase exponentially with every other American executive Stephen Elop brings across the Atlantic. 

    • Tom

      Every other American CEO except one…

    • bfl

      FYI Elop is a canadian and seems like a good choice.

      I'm guardedly optimistic about the change and think a stronger Nokia will benefit all smartphone players.