The Death of WebOS, RIP…

We only started to know you and now your gone. RIP...

As Burgess Meredith shouted to Sylvester Stallone in the Movie Rocky, “you could have been a contender” is the same that the market is shouting at HP over its killing of WebOS.  As its clear that HP has missed out on a fantastic opportunity with webOS. As the PC giant was in a good position, be it hook or by crook, to give webOS the kind of ecosystem distribution that even Apple could have been impressed by. The issue, it just had to spend some cash to do it because as an operating system, webOS had what it took to be a success.

Unlike the Android Operating System, the WebOS user interface was well-received, as it brought forward strong concepts, with unified messaging along with card-based multitasking, that it’s rivals are only starting to compete with. However more importantly it brought with it a development model which was familiar to millions of web developers. Yet here we sit on the side lines as Apollo Creed has delivered the final blow as it flys off the store shelves for pittance at $99 USD.  However did it really have to end this way?

As what it really needed was just a bit of momentum and a new body as its soul was more then up to the task.  As this goes for all the tablet manufactures as we the consuming public all have to ask is “what were you thinking” when you came out with an iPad one look alike?  Yes the boards of every company who released an iPad one clone should round up their CEO’s and fire them, said and done as come on folks Apple has the best known strategy in the world!  Every year they release bigger and better for the same money, so to beat Apple, companies needed to be targeting the iPad 3 not the one or two.

Yes it would have take a few bucks and some guts however that’s the game as the famous Americana saying goes is no guts no glory without pain there is no gain sorry.  So what was Leo think especially after Motorola and RIM both fell flat on their face that HP magic would carry them to the Promised Land to slay their Cupertino rival as in Goliath slays Goliath?   Sorry it doesn’t work that way as that as I’m also sure the iPad two will become the lore of MBA classes over and over as Job’s play here was quite cunning.

As in my humble opinion he released the iPad earlier then had planned accepting the risk of bad press for lack of stock in turn toss the competition a curve ball.  As if some of these other competitive devices came out while the iPad 1 was still king, there would have been problems for are darling apple.  However Job’s tossed out a game changer and took a risk to make  things happen.  This should be a lesson to all CEO’s and business leaders out there as the game is about taking risks and not playing it safe, well you can see where WebOS is today.  Enough said…

About Joseph Campbell

As a strong believer in the fact that "people work for people", it has been a life driver to better to understand the complexities of the various aspects which drive efficiency within this axiom, especially the concepts of leadership. Supporting this, I have been fortunate enough to having experienced this as leader on a global basis over the last decade and half. During this time it has been clear there are three core drivers being Life, Leadership and Economics.
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