Nokia annuncia una revisione del proprio business legato al “Digital Health” [Aggiornato]

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Nokia ha annunciato di aver avviato una revisione del proprio business legato al “Digital Health” che come ben sapete è gestito dalla divisione Nokia Technologies e include diversi prodotti tra cui smartwatch, bilance digitali e la piattaforma Nokia Health.

Nel comunicato stampa diffuso attraverso il proprio sito, Nokia non fornisce i dettagli di questa “revisione strategica”. Dichiara solamente che potrebbe portare a cambiamenti e addirittura a transazioni (vendita del business a terzi) ma anche a mantenere lo status quo. Comunica inoltre che i brevetti e le partnership attualmente in essere non saranno coinvolti da questa revisione.

Eventuali dettagli sui risultati finali della revisione, fa sapere l’azienda finlandese, saranno diffusi al momento opportuno.

Ricordiamo che Nokia, nell’aprile del 2016, acquisì la società Withings produttrice di smartwatch, bilance digitali e altri dispositivi per la salute per 170 milioni di Euro, e nell’estate del 2017 iniziò a commercializzare tutti i suoi prodotti con il proprio brand (Nokia). Probabilmente questa revisione servirà al management dell’azienda finlandese per capire se è ancora opportuno continuare ad investire risorse in questo business o cederlo ad altra società (forse ad HMD Global?). Oppure, più semplicemente, a rivederlo per renderlo più profittevole.

Aggiornamento (del 21 febbraio): nelle scorse ore una mail inviata da Kathrin Buvac, Chief Strategy Officer di Nokia, a tutti i dipendenti Nokia è trapelata in rete. Come potete leggere di seguito, la manager fa intendere che il business legato al Digital Health potrebbe essere ceduto ad una società esterna in quanto Nokia vuole trasformarsi in una azienda “business-to-business” e focalizzarsi nelle attività di “licensing” per le aziende di telecomunicazioni e per l’Industrial Automation.

Di seguito il testo integrale (e non tradotto) della mail:

Dear colleagues,

I wanted to take a moment to comment on today’s announcement that we have initiated a strategic review of our Digital Health business.

I know that for some of you this will come as a surprise, and you may also be wondering what this means for our strategy.

Why are we doing this?

We have a number of incubation businesses across Nokia which we run as internal start-ups. Solve a problem, place a bet, build a product, insert yourself into the market, gauge your progress, learn from your mistakes, decide next steps. Our Digital Health business is one of those bets we have made, and certainly we have had some early success since we integrated Withings into Nokia. The Steel HR watch is a fantastic piece of technology and the reception of Nokia Sleep at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show was very encouraging. However, rather than only falling in love with our technology, we must be honest with ourselves. In its entirety, our Digital Health business has struggled to scale and meet its growth expectations. Currently, we don’t see a path for it to become a meaningful part of a company as large as Nokia. Thus, we are conducting a strategic review to determine the best next steps for the business. Once we know more about possible future steps, we will inform impacted employees, as well as engage employee representatives in line with local legal requirements and practice, where needed.

What does this mean for Nokia?

Following the strategic choice we have made will allow us to focus and transform Nokia to be a business-to-business and licensing company in Telecoms and Industrial Automation. We will continue to have opportunities to address the IoT opportunity in Digital Health with private connectivity solutions, platforms and software, just no longer from a consumer product perspective.

That being said, we will continue to have a play in the consumer world with brand licensing, and our brand will continue to be present with the smartly crafted deal we have with HMD Global. We are pleased with their success in their first year of operation, where they have grown their revenue nicely and firmly established themselves as a serious player in feature phones and smartphones; Nokia branded mobile phones have leapt ahead of several other brands in only one year. This progress, along with the recent success of Networks and its end-to-end portfolio, has vaulted our brand from 335 to 188, making Nokia a top 200 global brand again ahead of many other renowned companies (source: Brand Finance 2018 ranking).

For our strategy more broadly, we remain committed to incubating select new businesses. They are vital sources of innovation, they present opportunities to pivot Nokia and they keep us agile in a challenging and fast-moving market. Let’s not forget the early success of a number of incubation projects: SDN and SD-WAN (Nuage), Managed Services for IoT (WING) and Nokia Digital Automation Cloud (NDAC) are good examples here.

Digital Health has given us a perspective on a new sector. It has opened conversations with companies and influencers outside our core business. We have learned from this, and with a sharper focus are using that knowledge to our advantage, just as 5G and IoT opportunities are accelerating.

As I commented in our internal story today, “Failing fast isn’t failure, it is accelerated learning.”

At Nokia, we dare.

Warm personal regards,

Kathrin

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