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Next Up – The Internet of Things

Always remember that the future comes one day at a time.  Dean Acheson, American Statesman.

Last Thursday, news broke that I had accepted a new role as the Vice President of QNX Cloud, a new business at QNX (a BlackBerry subsidiary).  As an industry we’re closing in on connecting every phone on the planet — maybe 5 billion in total.  What’s next?  Connecting up all the machines.   QNX Cloud is a business focused on building enabling cloud based technologies for Machine to Machine and Internet of Things businesses.  QNX Cloud is infrastructure that enables a wide range of connected devices (ranging from automobiles to power plants, consumer electronics, and more) to be managed, updated, and remotely monitored.  Our goal is to facilitate so-called “big data” analysis of data coming from these connected devices, and to provide programming interfaces that allow the creation of sophisticated new applications that deliver real business benefit to our customers.

John Chen, writing on Inside BlackBerry, described this move as a “return to his roots”, but I prefer to think of it as a continuation of a path that I have been walking on for most of the past 20 years of my career.  A future that, for twenty years, has been coming “one day at a time”.  QNX Cloud is a developer product, first and foremost.  It’s targeted at networked and embedded devices. To be successful, we’ll need to build an ecosystem, channels to market, and recruit strategic partners.  And because it’s a new initiative, it has many characteristics of a start up.

Wish us luck.

{ 18 comments… add one }

  • Michael January 26, 2014, 2:42 pm

    Congrats Alec, I know you'll be successful!

  • Saurabh Jain January 26, 2014, 2:44 pm

    I am a BlackBerry Elite. Really want to start building for QNX cloud as soon as possible. Waiting eagerly for APIs.

  • ekkescorner January 26, 2014, 2:45 pm

    congrats to great new job !
    … will miss you at DevRelations, but hopefully see you again at upcoming conferences !

    I know QNX Cloud is crossplatform to support all around the world, but I hope, that:

    * BlackBerry 10 Cascades APPs will be also First Class Citizens
    * We need a full featured MQTT Library for BB10 Cascades


  • Andrey Kisselev January 26, 2014, 2:48 pm

    Good luck, Alec!

  • Jeremy Duke January 26, 2014, 3:16 pm

    I agree with everything ekke said. I appreciate everything you have done for the developer community and you made the journey fun.

    Give em hell in your new role :)

  • Morten Lindstrom January 26, 2014, 5:06 pm

    Hi Alec,

    Not sure if luck is what you guys need, it's all about doing the right things at the right time, and Now is as good time as ever to get everythings connected.

    Looking forward to see more about the QNX Cloud in time to come, and to get all my things connected and managed 😉

  • Patrick Kosiol January 26, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Good luck! :)

  • @stu_lombard January 26, 2014, 10:43 pm

    Hey Alec

    Congrats on the new gig. Would love to catch up and see how ecobee fits with your strategy.

  • Ronen Halevy January 26, 2014, 11:50 pm

    Best of luck Alec on the new opportunity!

  • iseeblackberry January 27, 2014, 12:35 am

    Way to go Alec! Congrats..

  • @blackberryhank January 27, 2014, 12:38 am

    Good luck Alec,
    You have to do a music video man for your new role!

  • Jonah January 27, 2014, 9:47 am

    Hi Alec, you made our devs so sweet and faithful in BB10.
    wish an new success in QNX Cloud.
    hope to see you someday, you are always full of passion.

  • Dan York January 27, 2014, 12:17 pm

    Congrats, Alec! Now… the question of the moment is… what rock video are you going to make about QNX? :-)

    • Alec Saunders January 27, 2014, 3:48 pm

      If you thought the videos were nerdy before, Dan, wait until we make one about an embedded OS…

  • Vince Bettencourt January 28, 2014, 1:34 am

    Congratulations Alec. Very happy to hear you will be a big part of this business going forward. A wise man said that we make our luck. You have all the tools to make this a very LUCKY venture and adventure. Look forward to it. All the very best.

  • D. Haller February 9, 2014, 11:56 pm

    Wow good luck and congrats with your new role… sounds like focusing on that business on internet things will terribly smash up your brain…

  • dorispangle February 21, 2014, 6:14 am

    This is a good news and Congratulations Alce for the jump up, there are so many things which are really running around but lets hope for the best, Best wishes for you on this rise.

  • Chris R March 6, 2014, 8:20 pm

    Congrats Alec, you are in one hot business right now… one that I can truly get behind.

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