BlackBerry seeks partner to go up against the Apple-IBM enterprise combination

BlackBerry seeks partner to go up against the Apple-IBM enterprise combination
BlackBerry CEO John Chen was the first to call Apple iPhone users "wallhuggers," because of the necessity for them to find an outlet to plug in to during the course of a day. Samsung took the insult to another level, by basing an entire television commercial on the "wallhuggers" comment. Now, Chen is taking potshots at Apple and IBM, comparing their recently announced enterprise based partnership to two elephants dancing.

While the Apple/IBM combination could make life difficult for BlackBerry, it also confirms that the latter is on the right track with its focus on the enterprise. The executive also said that he is talking to a few companies about starting up a partnership of his own. He is looking to find a company that focuses on security and identity management. This past week, Chen said that BlackBerry would offer a cloud based version of BES10, which would allow companies to manage a fleet of phones without having to maintain a server.

Some of the names that have been bandied about include SAP and Oracle. Both have cloud based services, and Chen knows SAP very well, having sold Sybase to the software company in 2010 for $5.8 billion. BlackBerry's recent hiring of Marty Beard as COO could have something to do with Chen's selection of a partner. Beard worked with Chen at Sybase, and is familiar with Oracle.


source: FinancialTimes (SubscriptionReq'd) via MobileSyrup

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33 Comments

1. TheGenius

Posts: 339; Member since: Mar 06, 2014

Damn this guy never backs down.! Hope he can help bb!

13. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

From he's reaction, I think John Chen feel afraid. I don't think IBM+Apple deal will really have big impact on BB, as BB client is declining and running anyway. But John Chen latest rally is not really a rally, only a sweet talk to beef up the stock price for JC to sell the company. So, JC affraid that this IBM-Apple deal will make his BS looks small, and the stock price collapse.

19. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

More misinformation coming from you. John Chen isn't afraid of anyone, as evident by his willingness to take on anyone. How can BlackBerry's clients be running away when they have been maintaining their dominant hold on enterprise at 62% of the market? The IBM-Apple deal is a whole lot of hot air. Even Dell has said so. Next time have some FACTS to back up you statement or just be quiet.

24. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

http://business.financialpost.com/2014/07/25/blackberry-ltd-dell-inc-downplay-threat-from-apple-ibm-alliance/?__lsa=ead1-678d That's the link where not even Dell thinks the Apple-IBM alliance will amount to much. There are others in the industry that feel the same.

26. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Yeah he is trying to pull out all stop to try and save this company. Nothing can save them and it's only a matter of time before they are in real trouble

29. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry's latest ER, investments, New device releases, the popularity of the Z3, BlackBerry's stake in IoT, and their Project Ion says otherwise to your completely ill-informed statement.

30. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

Apiskula, I think BB is ALREADY IN REAL TROUBLE right now. All what John Chen said is only a bubble to hide the problem from the public. It seems to me that John Chen is a sweet talker, he really know how to talk sweet to hide the truth. Seeing that BB need this pony to lead BB, is a sign that BB is in a real deep sh!x

33. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

As ever, you misread the TRUTH and FACTS with your UNTRUTHS and propaganda.

17. Ashoaib

Posts: 3252; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I like john chen, he has a courage of bruce lee

2. Duketytz

Posts: 534; Member since: Nov 28, 2013

Strange, I had a Z10 before and I seemed to wallhug more than my fellow iphone users..

18. hossamaltarawneh

Posts: 36; Member since: Oct 18, 2013

Try the Z30.

3. Carlitos

Posts: 634; Member since: Oct 23, 2011

A good match up would be Samsung and or Google. Specially now that Google is integrating Knox into android

5. bucky

Posts: 3771; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I think google has a ways to go to truly be competitive in the corporate world. I was actually going to grab a nexus device for work but almost all the places iv worked at only accept iPhone or blackberry.

8. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2248; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I can see Samsung, but not Google since they are trying to directly compete with Blackberry. There have been talks before about Samsung buying out Blackberry. I could see a future in which Samsung offers business phones with Blackberry OS. Who knows? If Tizen fails, Samsung may look to BB OS to fill the void. Or maybe Blackberry and Samsung partner to create an OS that is a mixture of the two. So many possibilities...

27. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Google is an entire different league than Blackberry. Blackberry is competing with nobody anymore

28. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

When it comes to SECURITY and ENTERPRISE, BlackBerry is in a league by itself. Google is not even on the radar when it comes to enterprise and security.

31. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

AGREE. BB is not big in enterprise anymore. Not as much as the bb PR team that were deployed here want us to assume. http://seekingalpha.com/article/2349765-blackberrys-biggest-challenge-so-far?source=google_news Seeking alpha is one of the website that praise BB so much. Even them notice that the transition to the new BES 10 & 12 means less income. and so far in the transition, BB failed to maintain most of it's user

32. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

BlackBerry not big in enterprise anymore? More untruths told by you. They have 62% of the market in enterprise. That makes them THE LARGEST in mobile enterprise. BlackBerry failed to maintain most of its users in the transition to BES 10? EVEN MORE OF AN UNTRUTH. They just gained over 1.2 MILLION new licences with the transition from older BES installations to BES 10, with more than 10% of that coming from competing vendors in the space of less than 3 months. Seeking Alpha a website that praises BlackBerry so much? MORE UNTRUTHS. They praise Apple more than ANY OEM. There are about 4 "authors" there that back BlackBerry. Can't blame 'em for seeing the truth. You also must have missed the part where it said revenue from BES 10 and 12 will soon offset any losses in services BlackBerry may suffer. Reading is fundamental.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1754; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

That's cute.

6. cezarepc

Posts: 718; Member since: Nov 23, 2012

Oracle + BB could be formidable...but so was the case with Sony Ericsson. Let's see.

7. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

Nobody is going to partner with this sinking ship

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

Nobody cares what you think. Troll elsewhere.

22. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 2013

And nobody cares what you think fanboy

23. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

Not true, TROLL. YOU DO. You care because you know I prove you wrong at every turn. You don't even offer ANYTHING of substance when commenting. Where is your proof? Provide links. You don't do that because you CAN'T. You're just a TROLL, with nothing better to do than TROLL. You can't even provide the name of your place of business because you don't have one.

10. iCloud

Posts: 123; Member since: May 15, 2014

This ship has sunk but the captain is stubborn and won't drown lol.

12. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

Their latest ER, stock, New device releases, partnerships and investments, say otherwise.

14. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

The captain just trying to up the stock price, as he believe it will bring the company more money when it is SOLD to PIECES

20. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

You're still on this crap about Chen selling the company? Only in your wildest dreams, troll.

15. WahyuWisnu

Posts: 1001; Member since: May 29, 2014

That's true. No one want to buy this company. BB has put the SALE sign for months but NOBODY want to buy a sinking ship.

21. meanestgenius

Posts: 21331; Member since: May 28, 2014

That "for sale" sign has been down ever since John Chen took over last year. Even PA had a post about it. You're really getting desperate with your lies, Wahy. Could it be because deep down inside you know BlackBerry is succeeding in what they have set out to do, as outlined by John Chen? I bet it is...

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