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BlackBerry's Chen: We're still the leader in enterprise

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BlackBerry's Chen: We're still the leader in enterprise
BlackBerry CEO John Chen wrote an editorial for CNBC on Monday, trying to explain that BlackBerry is stronger and in better shape than most believe. The executive says that the company "is strong financially, technologically savvy and is well-positioned for the future." Perhaps the most important sentence that Chen wrote, deals with BlackBerry's position in the business world and the security of the platform. He states that BlackBerry remains the leader in mobile-device management.

According to Chen, BlackBerry is the only MDM provider that the DoD can use. All seven of the G7 governments are 'Berry users, and most companies in regulated industries still count on BlackBerry for secure communications. As for the future of the company, Chen points out that 40 million iOS and Android users have signed up for BBM, which he calls "the most secure mobile-messaging service," and he says that BlackBerry plans on monetizing BBM to bring in revenue. The executive adds that QNX is being used by automobile manufacturers as a leading M2M technology.

"When it comes to enterprise, we're still the leader. Don't be fooled by the competition's rhetoric claiming to be more secure or having more experience than BlackBerry. With a global enterprise customer base exceeding 80,000, we have three times the number of customers compared to Good, AirWatch and MobileIron combined. This makes BlackBerry the leader in mobile-device management."-John Chen, CEO, BlackBerry

Chen also hints at some new capabilities for the company that will be announced at CES next month, along with some cloud services. The new BlackBerry CEO says that the company has a strong cash position with $3 billion on the balance sheet. He says, "The journey has just begun." Let's hope that this time, the journey leads to a better ending.

source: CNBC via MobileSyrup

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posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:16 4

1. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


I hope they will add more apps to the App World and announce the BlackBerry Z50 in CES or MWC, they need to hurry up. The competition is getting more difficult.

Good luck, BlackBerry!

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:40 2

6. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


I'd pass with Z50. BB10 is okay, but not worth investing my money into. iPhone 5S/G2/Note 3/1520 for me.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 11:58 1

15. mariosraptor (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


then, what the F**k are you doing here. go reply at
iPhone 5S/G2/Note 3/1520 articles.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:53 2

20. PapaSmurf (Posts: 8922; Member since: 14 May 2012)


Article mentions NOTHING about the Z50. If you don't like my comment, ignore it and move on instead of looking like an idiot.

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 07:39

24. Tommy1960i (Posts: 102; Member since: 11 Oct 2013)


It's too late for App World. The only hope is to introduce Android appstore, and make BB OS to run android apps natively.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:18 1

2. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 4167; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


Looks like he has a bad case of denial.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 11:24 3

11. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


You just can't see anything positive in anything aside from iphone can you?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 15:29 2

22. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Not as bad as yours though ...

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:20 2

3. Duketytz (Posts: 521; Member since: 28 Nov 2013)


I think they should step up on having better specs phones. Even though specs may not be all that important but it is what grab the consumers' attention! Hopefully they can put up a fight against Android, iOS and Windows Phone

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 11:27

13. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


That's a positive way of viewing things.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:26

4. sprockkets (Posts: 1361; Member since: 16 Jan 2012)


Yeah, that installed base you are talking about isn't getting any bigger either.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:54

8. Droid_X_Doug (Posts: 5954; Member since: 22 Dec 2010)


The challenge for BB/RIM is to 'right-size' the company. In other words, dump the parts that aren't making you net profits. Unloading hardware seems to be a step in the right direction. OS10 may have to go through a makeover, or get dumped too. It seems that BBs recent sales have been around BBOS7.

As far as footprint in the enterprise, Chen needs to look really hard at the existing clients and what their plans for the future are. Claiming exclusivity for the U.S. federal government is very dangerous, because the Feds are working very diligently on a replacement for BlackBerry.

Ironically, Edward Snowden may have helped BB, because anything the U.S. develops to replace BB will be viewed with suspicion by the rest of the world.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 11:25

12. donfem (Posts: 554; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Considering what the company has gone through in the last 2 years, I guess an improvement is not worth applauding in your opinion is it?

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:37

5. superfans (Posts: 151; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


Ya... That's the spirit you need when you're dying !

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:46

7. NYDiver22 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


better specs or trying to get consumer attention is what got them into this mess. They need to follow Motorola's cue and forget the spec race. They also need to forget the consumer side of things and focus on business and government. Nothing wrong with that.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 10:59 2

9. androiphone20 (Posts: 1521; Member since: 10 Jul 2013)


On all honesty I think smartphone limits have stalled, at this point OEMs will offer spec bumps, minor tweaks and more gimmicky features that won't really wow anyone like most upgrades used to do

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 11:18

10. NYDiver22 (Posts: 7; Member since: 09 Aug 2013)


I agree! For Blackberry, they need to work on making their platform a status symbol for security and business

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 11:52 3

14. tenzin (Posts: 92; Member since: 20 Dec 2013)


My first bb was z10 after 4years on android and wp . finally found best os. Recommend everyone to try .bb10 is really better and especially much modern os then big trio wp ios android

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:02 1

16. mariosraptor (Posts: 110; Member since: 15 Mar 2012)


i have a Z30 and before that had a Q10.
best choices i have made.
i love android and also have my nexus 7 2013 lte.
and had all android flagships, but nothing comes close to BB10 experience. LOVE IT

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 01:08

23. lalalaman (Posts: 388; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


Nowadays it is about apps....if u don't care about any...bb10 is for u

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:04

17. shamataa (Posts: 202; Member since: 07 Dec 2011)


unless you more apps than it doesn't matter if you are the number 1 whatever thing you claim to be. That's not what average person is looking in a smartphone especially this coming year. I really don't see how can talk a good game when they won't have a physical keybroad anymore. They need to be gone. They just have no place and can't keep up with everyone else.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:53 1

21. jellmoo (Posts: 704; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


You're missing the point. Mr. Chen isn't targeting the average person, he is shifting the company to focus on the enterprise prosumer market. Areas where security and network implementation are more important than large app catalogs.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:30

18. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


I don't think that most of you have been paying attention to BlackBerry news articles. They have already laid out a specific game plan to focus on enterprise and government costumers, the "prosumer", if you will. This, plus focusing on MDM(Mobile Device Management)and BBM +BBM Channels and ways to monetize the two is BlackBerry's primary focus. Doing this, I am certain they will become profitable again. Also, with the use of QNX embedded systems in automobiles, of which they are a leader in, they will be able to make even more money. And let's face it, despite what anyone says, BlackBerry is the leader in enterprise. To believe anything else is wishful thinking.

posted on 30 Dec 2013, 12:32

19. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


*customers

posted on 31 Dec 2013, 14:04

25. xtroid2k (Posts: 462; Member since: 11 Jan 2010)


I hope Blackberry can make a turn around. Honestly its anyone's guess. So far it is not looking good; hmmm maybe an enterprise management solution for IOS, Android, and Windows Phone.

posted on 05 Jan 2014, 21:00

27. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


They already have an enterprise management solution in place for such devices.

posted on 01 Jan 2014, 02:48

26. techloverNYC (Posts: 422; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)


How about blackberry use some of that 3 billion dollars and show us show "real" innovation?

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