BlackBerry maker RIM’s latest financial results and corresponding announcements that it is to delay its crucial turnaround OS BB10 and lay off almost 30% of its staff were not just disappointing. They were disastrous. As one analyst put it, BlackBerry’s downfall is like “watching a puppy die”. Ouch.
As one of the biggest markets for Premier League teams, Asia offers a plethora of revenue generating opportunities. For the likes of Arsenal, Queens Park Rangers and Manchester City, who are all preparing to travel to the region on pre-season tours, the trips are no longer smash and grab raids to sell replica shirts but an exercise in data capture designed to create additional value for sponsors.