Ranks highest in enterprise mobile device management and security
BlackBerry’s strategy in mobile device management was ranked highest in the sector against a number of criteria in a respected analyst ranking.
Forrester Research evaluated BlackBerry along with 14 other of the most significant mobile device management vendors.
Having earned the highest score in strategy and global presence it also tied for the top ranking in market presence, which considers revenue, install base and partners.
BlackBerry received the highest possible score in 12 of the 27 criteria measured by Forrester, including network security, future vision, and support.
The Forrester Wave Enterprise Mobile Management, Q3 2014, report said: "As other vendors have rushed to offer competitive alternatives to BlackBerry’s platform, the company has had to reinvent itself around the characteristics that made it a Leader previously – and its strong commitment to enterprise mobility and security has paid off."
"Security is our cornerstone and BlackBerry remains laser focused on developing and delivering the solutions enterprises around the globe have come to expect from us," said John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Services, BlackBerry. "Our mobility solutions are in government agencies and enterprises around the world because customers trust the experience we’ve built over the decades. With current and future BlackBerry offerings, we will leverage our experience in security to create solutions that meet the evolving needs of our customers, from cross-platform support for BYOD programs to the management of Internet of Things."
Blackberry has embarked on a strategy to re-establish itself as an enterprise mobility leader. It said since the EZ Pass migration program launched on March 31, 2014, 3.4 million new BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) client access licenses have been claimed by customers worldwide. More than 840,000 of these licenses have been traded in from competitors’ MDM platforms.
Blackberry bought Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions. Movirtu’s technology allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device in order to improve device management and provide split billing for voice, messaging, data and applications.
BBM Protected is the first solution in the eBBMSuite for secure enterprise-class messaging. It is targeted at regulated industries the most secure and reliable real-time mobile messaging experience in the industry by offering an enhanced security model for BBM messages sent between BlackBerry smartphones.
The establishment of the BlackBerry Technology Solutions (BTS) business unit. This group comprises of the company’s innovative technology assets, including QNX (embedded software), Project Ion (Internet of Things application platform), Certicom (cryptography applications), and Paratek (RF antenna tuning), as well as BlackBerry’s extensive patent portfolio. BTS will focus on the company’s long-term growth strategy on the Internet of Things and will maximize BlackBerry’s intellectual property and patents to create operational synergies and new revenue streams.