If you are reading this blog, then you know that Motorola announced today that it was splitting itself up into two separate organizations - one focused on its mobile devices and the other that will be solely focused on enterprise mobility. Wow, how the "mighty" have fallen. It's a genuine shame that the company that overall, had a great strategy of creating an end to end mobility "solution" was not able to execute on it, thus affecting its potential impact on enterprise mobility.
Motorola of 2006/07 had enormous potential because it provided an absolute end to end vision around mobility. Consumer? Check with RAZR and Q. Enterprise, wireless? Check with Symbol. Enterprise, mobility? Check with Good. What the heck happened in the last 18 months????
Simple. The consumer side of Motorola (i.e., the devices) was not able to reproduce the success it had with the RAZR. Not suprisingly, that impacted the Motorola stock price. What frustrates me is that the failure of the RIZR and its cousins has NOTHING to do with how good (or bad) Symbol and Good are. In fact, Aberdeen's research shows that end user organizations that leverage either Good or Symbol solutions are actually doing better than the industry average...yet the stock price is down the tubes and the enterprise group is going to have to find a new company brand (let's not kid ourselves, the $%^^&* up phone group will get the Motorola brand).
Bottom line, I am happy for the enterprise group. They are no longer bogged down by the challenges of the consumer group and the (new) management team will be completely focused on enterprise mobility. While there will be short term challenges during the transition, I think that this split actually benefits Motorola's enterprise mobility group more than the consumer division.