Obviously, there will be those readers that run to their defense. The company is still the market leader, controlling an estimated 40% of a zero-sum market. Yet, where were they five years ago? Having been involved in various litigation (whistle-blowing and patent infringement) that has resulted in a public relations disaster, this company spends more time in court and defending itself in the press than it does in the research and development arena. Maybe their business model is litigating to recoup the cost of the Michelson litigation? There is nothing innovative about acquisitions, it simply results in buying revenue and hopefully garnering a larger share of the market. Unfortunately, when you are a publicly traded company, yes you are a slave to some analyst, an organization is forced to implement strategies and policies that change the culture and the mystique of a company.
So those of us in the industry are sitting back and monitoring what this once respected company will do next? The Spine Blogger wants to know what its readers think?