Wall Street banks dropping BlackBerry for BYOD, but BES12 keeps the company relevant
Credit Suisse has already received all of the 'Berrys that it had passed out to its employees and Citicorp is following suit. To keep communications secure, many of the firms are telling staff to install the Good Technology email app on the personal smartphones now being brought into the office. Breaking into Good Technology's email offering requires that someone crack the password used on a mobile device sporting the app, and then crack the app's own email password.
While Credit Suisse originally followed Citicorp and J.P. Morgan by retrieving company owned BlackBerry phones and suggesting the Good Technology email app, it now plans on using Citrix Worxmail. One employee of the Swiss based bank says that "we used to have 16,000 Blackberries and now we have 4,000. 82% of our staff use their own devices."
Smaller financial institutions are also kicking the BlackBerry habit and are adopting BYOD. But all of this still plays into BlackBerry's strength since the latest version of its MDM, BES12, can monitor a fleet of handsets powered by iOS, Android and Windows Phone in addition to BlackBerry. It just so happens that the Good Technology email app is one of the 80 iOS and Android apps secured by BES12. BlackBerry says that the number of Berry handsets used by these banks is not important since many of the institutions rely on BES12 to monitor employees' phones, even those owned by staff.
BlackBerry, often criticized for not using the latest chips and hardware for its phones, was smart enough to know that once BYOD was implemented, employees would run for handsets made by the competition and made sure that BES12 would support these other platforms. BlackBerry's only worry at this point, would be a long running bear market that would force banks and financial institutions to wield a larger and sharper ax aimed at BES.