BlackBerry Named Leader For Enterprise Mobile Management by Forrester Research
BlackBerry announced today that they have been named as the leader in the Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) Q4 2015 by Forrester Research. According to the press release, the BlackBerry EMM portfolio of BES12 and Good scored among the highest in 14 out of 25 measurement criteria used by Forrester. Billy Ho, EVP of Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions said:
“We believe the Forrester EMM Wave 2015 validates that enterprises can rely on BlackBerry when moving forward with their cross-platform mobility strategy… We are pleased to be listed as a leader in the EMM solutions market showing, in our opinion, that our strategy of ensuring the highest levels of security and personal privacy is helping enterprises in the complex world of mobility.”
Forrester has quite a statement added on the report (a copy of which has been seen by yours truly):
“BlackBerry. BlackBerry looks like a very different company today than it did a few years ago — and that’s a good thing for customers. BES has become a truly cross-platform solution without leaving behind the commitment to security that entrenched it in the enterprise. The acquisitions of AtHoc, WatchDox, and, most recently, Good Technology show a clear commitment to helping customers with secure collaboration, communication, and application development. BlackBerry’s IoT Platform, NOC, and QNX platform also position it well as the enterprise begins to use more connected devices. BlackBerry’s announcement of its intent to acquire Good Technology took place after we finalized data collection for this report, and each offering is still available. Forrester expects this acquisition to help BlackBerry in existing areas like application security and emerging areas like the Internet of Things (IoT).”
This research note also has good (don’t mind the pun) things to say about Good by BlackBerry:
“Good Technology. Good Technology’s strong commitment to security and investment in its containerization and Network Operations Center (NOC) have long made it a popular choice among financial services firms and other customers who value security. However, Good Technology has also done significant work building out secure mobile services for app development. Its Good Dynamics offering allows both ISVs and a company’s internal developers to utilize common services like presence in multiple applications — removing the burden of recreating these services in each app. In addition, Good Technology’s acquisition of Boxtone has brought service-monitoring capabilities to the solution — something that’s increasingly important as customers access more services on mobile devices. BlackBerry’s announcement of its intent to acquire Good Technology took place after we finalized data collection for this report, and each offering is still available. Forrester expects this acquisition to help BlackBerry in existing areas like application security and emerging areas like IoT.”
This endorsement comes at the right time in my opinion since the message that John Chen initially put out for software (namely BES) will be a strategic pivot to turn the company around. Also note that BlackBerry is working on its own IOT platform, which the Forrester research note acknowledged. If you recall, BlackBerry divulged one piece of this IOT platform in Consumer Electronics Show 2015 – cloud based communication boxes built into shipping containers. This patented asset tracking technology can be managed by BES12 – which ties back to what Forrester said.