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BlackBerry buys Good Technology to boost device management

Ailing mobile device firm BlackBerry has made a surprise purchase in a bid to grow its enterprise mobile device management business

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BlackBerry is set to boost its mobile device management footprint with the $426m acquisition of mobile security provider Good Technology.

According to BlackBerry, more than 6,200 organisation use Good, including more than half of the Fortune 100 companies – covering all of the commercial banks, aerospace and defence firms, and healthcare, manufacturing and retail businesses on the list.

The company said the purchase will expand its ability to offer a unified, secure mobility platform with applications for any mobile device on any operating system (OS) – supported with security that has been certified by governments around the world embedded in every component of the mobility infrastructure.

"By acquiring Good, BlackBerry will better solve one of the biggest struggles for CIOs today, especially those in regulated industries: securely managing devices across any platform," said BlackBerry executive chairman and CEO John Chen.

"By providing even stronger cross-platform capabilities our customers will not have to compromise on their choice of operating systems, deployment models or any level of privacy and security," he added.

"Like BlackBerry, Good has a very strong presence in enterprises and governments around the world, and with this transaction BlackBerry will enhance its sales and distribution capabilities, and further grow its enterprise software revenue stream."

Among the reasons BlackBerry was attracted to Good is that 64% of the activations of its multi-OS management software is for iOS devices, followed by Android and Windows users.

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The company hopes that combined with its expertise in BlackBerry 10 and Android managementincluding Samsung Knox-enabled devices – it will be able to expand the security choices open to enterprises.

BlackBerry plans to integrate Good Technology with its BlackBerry Enterprise Server, creating what it claims will be a comprehensive management tool for all mobile devices that protects customers’ security and privacy.

"This holistic experience will provide customers with greater mobile enterprise productivity, including seamless integration of capabilities across multiple applications, including BlackBerry Messenger, WatchDox, Good Work and other value-added services," the firm said.

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