Will RIM survive? The issues the new CEO faces

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With the ouster of longtime co-CEOs, will the changing of the guard mean success? This report explores what Thorsten Heins is up against

As Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie step down as co-CEOs at Research in Motion, the company is at a crossroads. Thorsten Heins steps into the CEO chair with many daunting obstacles ahead of him and RIM.

Talk has been swirling in the past six months about the relevance of RIM's top device: the BlackBerry. Now that the iPhone has made its way into the enterprise, the BlackBerry has lost its "in," and the company is scrambling to keep its head above water.

In this PDF report, we review the issues facing RIM and Heins, such as: Who will truly be the company's leader, what is going to be its strategy going forward, and how will the company grow.

We also review the year that RIM would most soon like to forget: 2011 was a tough year with layoffs and product missteps and network outages.

(For a perspective on why RIM can't be saved by being bougyt out, as some shareholders demand, read Galen Gruman's "No sale: Why a new owner can't save the BlackBerry.")

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