Canadian government to invest in BlackBerry’s QNX platform for a driverless car future

BlackBerry is looking to develop the ‘next-generation automotive connectivity and safety solution’ in its native Canada – and has got the backing of the government to help it.

Those words were straight from the mouth – or rather, Twitter account – of BlackBerry CEO John Chen, who announced a commitment of $310 million CAD (£181.2m) to developing this platform, with $40m CAD coming from the...

By James Bourne, 18 February 2019, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Data & Analytics, IoT.

BlackBerry is bewitched by the blockchain as it aims to bring ‘Enterprise of Things’ to healthcare

BlackBerry has announced a series of partnerships to focus its ‘Enterprise of Things’ initiative into the healthcare space – including a move towards blockchain technologies.

The company is working with ONEBIO, a peer-to-peer marketplace for biodata, to power a blockchain digital ledger with the aim of creating a fully secure global ecosystem for medical data. Data can be put on the ledger, such as from...

By James Bourne, 05 October 2018, 0 comments. Categories: Big Data, BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry and Samsung continue collaboration to help businesses with digital transformation

BlackBerry and Samsung are rekindling their long-standing partnership and are setting out a ‘multi-year strategic relationship’ to help businesses accelerate digital transformation and ‘Enterprise of Things’ initiatives.

The key facet of the move will see joint enterprise customers being able to manage their wide collection of Samsung devices – be they phones, tablets, or wearables – out of the box through BlackBerry’s UEM (universal endpoint management) platform...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2018, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, IoT, Security.

Sapho supports SAP Ariba and Concur Travel while PowWow Mobile integrates with BlackBerry

A couple of updates from the enterprise mobility space: micro app provider Sapho has launched its 4.4 iteration including new integrations with SAP Ariba and Concur Travel, while PowWow Mobile has announced an integration with BlackBerry’s Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform.

Sapho said its integration with SAP Ariba for procurement operations was at the top of many of its customers’ ‘most wanted connectors’ list, and starting with Sapho Modern Portal 4.4 managers can approve or deny...

By James Bourne, 15 November 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BlackBerry, Development, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry sees strategy verified as shares soar on positive financial results

BlackBerry’s strategy in moving into software and security over hardware appears to be paying dividends: the company’s shares have shot up by 19% after posting GAAP revenues of $238 million (£178.1m) in its most recent quarter.

The company’s adjusted EBITDA was $50 million – a positive number for the fourteenth consecutive quarter – while software and services revenue was at a record $185m GAAP, 77% of total revenue.

Speaking to analysts after the results were announced,...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

Appdome announces AirWatch, BlackBerry and MobileIron support

Appdome has announced it now supports leading enterprise mobility management (EMM) vendors in the form of AirWatch, BlackBerry and MobileIron.

AirWatch and MobileIron’s EMM SDKs for both iOS and Android are now alongside BlackBerry Dynamics SDK, allowing organisations to integrate EMM services on Appdome’s platform, either codeless or coding in minutes.

Users can also add single sign on (SSO) to any mobile app through Appdome, enabling the app to leverage SSO services based on various industry...

By James Bourne, 29 August 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry’s new platform secures Enterprise of Things

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The latest offering from BlackBerry is a shield against data breaches and cybersecurity threats that hinder the development of the Enterprise of Things.

The company has introduced a comprehensive mobile security cloud-enabled platform for the Enterprise of Things, which addresses the entire enterprise from endpoint to endpoint.

The new platform is based on its mobile-native approach and is integrated with key technologies...

By , 14 December 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, BlackBerry.

BlackBerry moves away from smartphones – more focus on software and security

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It’s official: BlackBerry is no longer committed to making its own hardware.

The announcement was made – or rather, it was mentioned as an aside – in BlackBerry’s most recent earnings report.  “The company plans to end all internal hardware development and will outsource that function to partners,” said John Chen, BlackBerry CEO, in a statement. “This allows us to reduce capital requirements and enhance return on invested...

By James Bourne, 29 September 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile, Security.

BlackBerry partners with Zimperium for greater enterprise and government mobile security

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BlackBerry has announced a partnership with Zimperium, a mobile threat management platform provider, to give enterprise and government customers greater security for iOS and Android devices.

The firm’s zIPS product, claimed to be the world’s first ‘mobile intrusion prevention system app’, integrates with BlackBerry’s Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform, as well as enterprise mobility management as a service offering BES12, and is available now.

zIPS...

By James Bourne, 22 September 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

Enterprise mobile security not fully realised, argues BlackBerry – but with a twist

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New research unveiled by BlackBerry has found that while a majority of organisations have a mobile security strategy in place, only a small proportion enforce it to the fullest extent. The reason: employees find such strategies too cumbersome and frustrating.

The research, conducted by Vanson Bourne and polling 1000 IT decision makers at businesses with 100 to 1000 workers across four continents, saw 82% of respondents admit mobile security precautions caused at least some...

By James Bourne, 20 July 2016, 1 comment. Categories: BlackBerry, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, Security.

BlackBerry clarifies device strategy, is still working on BB10 and keyboards

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BlackBerry has taken the step of issuing a blog post clarifying its device strategy, after announcing it would stop making its Classic handset.

The blog, from chief operating officer Marty Beard, aims to clarify that while the Classic handset, the archetypal BB device, was going to be no more, BlackBerry was still committed to the BB10 platform, as well as the iconic BlackBerry keyboard.

Beard explains

By James Bourne, 15 July 2016, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry acquires Good Technology for $425m: How new leadership prompts new ideas

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If a week is a long time in politics, a year in an industry as disruptive as enterprise mobility is an eternity. BlackBerry has announced plans to acquire enterprise mobility management (EMM) provider Good Technology for $425 million (£279.8m) in cash.

The deal, which is expected to complete in BlackBerry’s third fiscal quarter of 2016, is another sign of the consolidation in the enterprise mobile market and a move by both parties to create the leading mobile platform in...

By James Bourne, 04 September 2015, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry and Google solidify deal to “set new standards in enterprise mobile security”

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The slew of rumours surrounding a greater partnership between BlackBerry and Google – previously attributable to leaked images of BlackBerry phones running on Android and the like – has gone up a notch, with BlackBerry purchasing the AndroidSecured.com domain name.

Clicking on that address takes you to a curious page which proclaims the text: “BlackBerry and Google are working...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Android, Applications, BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry unveils Passport phone: Has it hit the target in enterprise?

BlackBerry has today launched the square-shaped Passport phone – its latest bet in convincing the enterprise of its relevance in today’s market.

It’s long been a game among Silicon Valley and the tech press to aim pot shots at the Canadian manufacturer, from when it was still RIM, and the smoke-blowing employed by CEO John Chen when he took over merely served to fuel the fire. Will this bizarrely shaped...

By James Bourne, 24 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

BlackBerry outlines its best practices in next generation EMM

BlackBerry has outlined on its business blog the most important facets clients and vendors need in an enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution – and it wants your dollars to solidify its bet.

Joe McGarvey, BlackBerry enterprise mobility strategist, outlined 10 “must-have capabilities” for organisations to succeed, with self-service, automation and contextual management hitting the top...

By James Bourne, 16 September 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

BlackBerry announces its mobility portfolio is FIPS compliant

Here’s some good news for BlackBerry: the company has announced its Secure Work Space for iOS and Android is now FIPS accredited, meaning it is federally approved.

Secure Work Space, which runs on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), is FIPS 140-2 certified, which relates to cryptographic modules. The government-approved certification gives BlackBerry a shot in the arm in the area considered its traditional strength, enterprise security.

“FIPS 140-2 certification indicates that BlackBerry is...

By James Bourne, 26 March 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility, MDM, Security.

Good Technology offers customers a route out of BlackBerry, joins MobileIron

Enterprise mobility management vendor Good Technology has announced a program which allows customers to move away from BlackBerry but without the financial constraints normal migration would impose.

BlackBerry customers are being offered free access to a trio of Good’s portfolio, namely Good For Enterprise, Good Collaboration Suite and Good Dynamics, its mobility platform. Customers will also be given extended payment options until June.

Given the Canadian manufacturer’s purported struggles

By James Bourne, 23 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, Enterprise Mobility.

Shine on you crazy mobile enterprise: 6 predictions for 2014

2013 is OVER! Enterprise mobility is truly HERE! My caps lock is STUCK! So let’s check the crystal ball for 2014.

Why six predictions? Well, I didn’t want filler just  to get to the traditional ten, and the sixth predication was TOO good to omit to chop it down to five.

So here we go: The unquestionably reliable crystal ball of enterprise mobility recommends that CIOs get ready for some big changes as …

1.     The mobile minority becomes the mobile...

By MobileIron, 09 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

MDM vendors hit back at BlackBerry’s leadership claim

Exclusive AirWatch, Good Technology and MobileIron have hit back after being called out by BlackBerry CEO John Chen in a memo which stated the Canadian manufacturer was “the leader in mobile device management”.

“When it comes to enterprise, we’re still the leader,” Chen wrote on the CNBC website. “Don’t be fooled by the competition’s rhetoric claiming to be more secure, or having more experience.

“With a global enterprise customer base...

By James Bourne, 03 January 2014, 0 comments. Categories: BlackBerry, BYOD, CIO, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.