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Mobile technology talent isn’t easy to retain, says BlackBerry CEO

As the company works to rebuild itself, John Chen has explained that good talent is hard to keep.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen has now stated that it is not only difficult to find good mobile technology talent, but it is also very hard to keep it, which is clearly a challenge that the company is facing as it works on rebuilding.

This challenge becomes much harder when trying to hire on a last-minute basis, while avoiding lost time.

Chen spoke in a Thomson Reuters interview, last week, at the third annual Waterloo Innovation Summit in Canada. He explained that the main problem is to figure out how not to waste time at the last minute when talent is needed. In 2011, BlackBerry mobile technology had been an employer of 11,000 people in the Waterloo Region of Ontario, Canada.. However, today’s figure has dwindled to 2,700 workers in 2015.

During that period, a great deal of mobile technology talent was lost from the company as it tried to survive.

Mobile Technology - BlackBerry CEO John ChenIn the interview, Chen expressed that “We lost a lot of good people as a company. Not everybody is cut out to be a turnaround person or be in a turnaround environment. But if you can do it – I love it -it is fascinating, it is fabulous. The reward that comes at the end, the feeling of it, is hard to describe.”

Chen is now coming close to completing his second year at the helm of BlackBerry. The company had once been the leader in the smartphone category, but its slice of the market is now under 1 percent. The CEO’s strategy involves attracting and keeping the best talent in order to ensure the company’s return to success. In his opinion, this is the greatest challenge that the company is facing, as the goal is to change the turnaround plan from having been the smartphone manufacturing leader into being a company with a focus on internet, software, and services.

The BlackBerry CEO has said that the mobile technology market and its competition can’t be allowed to dictate the future of this category. Instead, he believes that it is up to the participants to carve out the path, and that requires time and patience to accomplish effectively.

A top spot in the smartphone market will belong to India by 2017

This will have the highly populated country taking the second position away from the United States.

According to a new report that has recently been released by Strategy Analytics, by the year 2017, India will have taken over the second spot when it comes to the leading players in the smartphone market.

If this is true, it will mean that India will have taken over the position in the mobile technology industry from the U.S.

In fact, this smartphone market study suggests that the top three players will have a direct correlation to the size of their population from 2017, forward. The report showed that India would take the second to the top position from the United States within the next two years, while China will continue to hold its first place seat. Although smartphone penetration is considered to be relatively low among the Indian population, as only somewhere from 110 to 120 million people (out of a massive 1.2 billion people) actually have these devices, it is believed by many in the industry that this is going to take a rather sudden and important change over the next short period of time.

The belief is that the size of the Indian population simply makes it too important for the smartphone market to ignore.

India top of smartphone marketThe report stated that “No serious global hardware or software player can afford to ignore the huge Indian smartphone market today.” It also pointed out that this year, alone, there would be 115 million smartphones purchased by people in India. It speculated that in the year 2017, there would be 174 million sold throughout that year, alone.

The reason that many experts believe that the Indian mobile market has suddenly become so hot is that there have been a range of new smartphone companies that have popped up all over the country, such as Micromax. These companies have managed to create a smartphone market in which these and other mobile devices are affordable to the people in India, while still offering them the same types of features that the more expensive devices from outside the country have to offer.