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John Myers

Hey all-

Welcome to my blog. The fine folks at the BeyeNETWORK™ have provided me with this forum to offer opinion and insight into the worlds of telcommunications (telecom) and business activity monitoring (BAM). But as with any blog, I am sure that we (yes we... since blogging is a "team sport"...) will explore other tangents that intersect the concepts of telecom and BAM.

In this world of "Crossfire" intellectual engagement (i.e. I yell louder therefore I win the argument), I will try to offer my opinion in a constructive manner. If I truly dislike a concept, I will do my best to offer an alternative as opposed to simply attempting to prove my point by disproving someone else's. I ask that people who post to this blog follow in my lead.

Let the games begin....

About the author >

John Myers, a senior analyst in the business intelligence (BI) practice at  Enterprise Management Associates (EMA). In this role, John delivers comprehensive coverage of the business intelligence and data warehouse industry with a focus on database management, data integration, data visualization, and process management solutions. Prior to joining EMA, John spent over ten years working with business analytics implementations associated with the telecommunications industry.

John may be contacted by email at JMyers@enterprisemanagement.com.

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While I firmly believe in the concept of building a sound foundation of a broad-based products, I found a recent announcement by Motorola to be a great example of a public company that has decided to bow to "Wall Street" pressures rather than making sound long-term business decisions.

By cutting their R&D budget by 15%, Motorola is being penny-wise and pound foolish. It is no secret that Motorola has been playing catch-up in the mobile handset market with Nokia and now Apple for the past couple of years. And now they have decided to cut down on their investment in new products?!?!?! Nice... Perhaps, Motorola should follow the advice of two of my favorite bosses:

GO BIG or go home…

It might be the case that Motorola is spending those reduced dollars in the right product development direction ( and my cynicism is unfounded… ), but I would say this decision and announcement has more to do with what some pencil pushing Wall Street analyst decided than it does with getting Motorola back on top of the handset market.

In my opinion, Motorola should be investing in new products to catch up with at least Nokia because it is possible that Apple is too far ahead already. That investment should be an increase of R&D spending not a reduction.

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Posted September 26, 2007 8:00 AM
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