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BlackBerry oznámilo akvizici jednoho ze svých konkurentů v oblasti MDM, společnosti GOOD

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Na začátku září vydalo BlackBerry velmi překvapivou tiskovou zprávu, která informovala veřejnost o poslední akvizici kanadské společnosti. Přišlo to jako blesk z čistého nebe a zasáhl jednoho z hlavních konkurentů BlackBerry v oblasti MDM řešení, společnost Good Technology.

Transakce v hodnotě $425 milionů (více než 10 miliard korun) proběhne v hotovosti v následujících týdnech a na jejím konci se společnosti Good zařadí po boku firem jako SecuSmart, WatchDox nebo Movirtu, které BlackBerry koupilo v minulém roce.

Společnost Good Technology stojí za velmi úspěšným řešením pro správu mobilních zařízení (MDM) Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform, zkráceně známo jako Good. Platformu Good celosvětově používá více než 6.200 organizací, přičemž více než 60 % aktivních zařízení nese operační systém iOS.

Akvizice Good Technology podle slov BlackBerry „…zapadá do strategie BlackBerry nabídnout zcela kompletní end-to-end řešení, které dokáže zabezpečit celé mobilní odvětví napříč všemi platformami.”

Těžko říct, jakým způsobem BlackBerry zakomponuje Good do svého MDM řešení BES 12, nebo naopak. Good však ve svém portfoliu nabízí několik zajímavých specialit, které BlackBerry jistě dokáže využít. Na druhou stranu BlackBerry má stále u širší veřejnosti punc zastaralé značky a řešení BES jako něco, co používaly firmy před mnoha lety a které neumí pracovat s jinými platformami.

Oproti tomu řešení Good se od začátku profilovalo jako multiplatformní řešení pro iOS, Android a Windows Phone a když firmy nahrazují BlackBerry zařízení jinou platformou, často vůbec netuší, že BlackBerry jim dokáže nabídnout špičkové multiplatformní řešení BES 12. BlackBerry se tak pod červeným pláštěm možná pokusí dostat zpět i tam, kde již BlackBerry řešení nahradili jiným. A třeba k němu ještě přidají některé další služby – například šifrované cloudové řešení WatchDox (více informací).

Tisková zpráva

BlackBerry to Acquire Good Technology

Acquisition to expand BlackBerry’s leadership in secure cross-platform mobility management

Waterloo, Ontario and Sunnyvale, Calif. – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Good Technology for $425 million in cash.

The acquisition of Good is aligned with BlackBerry’s strategy to offer customers the most complete, end-to-end solution that secures the entire mobile enterprise, across all platforms. Enhanced by Good, BlackBerry will expand its ability to offer a unified, secure mobility platform with applications for any mobile device on any operating system – supported with security that has been certified by governments around the world embedded in every component of the mobility infrastructure.

Good will bring complementary capabilities and technologies to BlackBerry, including secure applications and containerization that protects end user privacy. With Good, BlackBerry will expand its ability to offer cross-platform EMM solutions that are critical in a world with varying deployment models such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD); corporate owned, personally enabled (COPE); as well as environments with multiple user interfaces and operating systems. Good has expertise in multi-OS management with 64 percent of activations from iOS devices, followed by a broad Android and Windows customer base.(1) This experience combined with BlackBerry’s strength in BlackBerry 10 and Android management – including Samsung KNOX-enabled devices – will provide customers with increased choice for securely deploying any leading operating system in their organization. The proven Good Dynamics platform provides app-level encryption, advanced data loss prevention and secure communication between applications. The platform has more than 2,000 independent software vendor and custom applications built today.

“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. 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,” said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO. “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.”

Good’s technology will integrate with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and trusted global network, creating a comprehensive management solution 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 BBM, WatchDox, Good Work and other value added services.

“Enterprise customers today demand stringent security and the most flexible platform across all mobility strategies,” said Christy Wyatt, Good Chairman and CEO. “We are excited to join BlackBerry, where together we will be the most comprehensive mobile platform in the market. Good has worked hard to deliver the highest levels of security across operating systems and applications. Our trusted Good solutions will also help BlackBerry to accelerate its Internet of Things platform for managing endpoints beyond mobile devices.”

With Good, BlackBerry will expand its presence with global enterprise and government customers. Good serves more than 6,200 organizations, including more than half of the Fortune 100, all of the Fortune 100 commercial banks, aerospace and defense firms, and leaders across healthcare, manufacturing and retail. BlackBerry is the trusted mobility partner of all G7 governments, 16 of the G20 governments, 10 out of 10 of the largest global banks and law firms, and the top five largest managed healthcare, investment services, and oil and gas companies.

BlackBerry has provided the world’s most secure mobility solutions for more than two decades, and has earned more than 70 government certifications and approvals, greater than any other mobile vendor. The BlackBerry 10 platform is the first mobility solution to receive the coveted Full Operational Capability (FOC) certification to run on U.S. Department of Defense networks. Good is the only company certified as Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4 Augmented (EAL4+) for mobile collaboration on both iOS and Android. This is the highest certification level recognized internationally under the Common Criteria program, and is globally regarded as the standard of quality for handling sensitive government data.

BlackBerry expects the transaction to be completed toward the end of the company’s 2016 fiscal third quarter and is subject to customary closing conditions, including regulatory approvals. The company anticipates the acquisition to be accretive to earnings and cash flow within the first year after closing. BlackBerry also expects to realize approximately $160 million in GAAP revenue from Good in the first year, including the impact of an expected write-down of certain deferred revenue of Good.

J. P. Morgan Securities LLC and Bank of America Merrill Lynch served as financial advisors to Good Technology, and each provided a fairness opinion to the board of directors of Good Technology.

 

Conference Call

BlackBerry will host a conference call to discuss the acquisition agreement today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The live webcast is available at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/fdbsb3i4. To participate via conference line:

Participant Toll-Free Dial-In Number: (866) 438-1903

Participant International Dial-In Number: (704) 908-0450

 

[1] Good, Mobility Index Report Q2 2015

 

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

 

About Good Technology

Good Technology is the leader in secure mobility, delivering solutions across all stages of the mobility lifecycle for enterprises and governments worldwide. Good offers a comprehensive, end-to-end solutions portfolio, consisting of a suite of collaboration applications, a secure mobility platform, mobile device management, unified monitoring, management and analytics, and a third-party application and partner ecosystem. More than 6,200 organizations in 189 countries use Good Technology, including 100% of the FORTUNE® 100 commercial banks and aerospace and defense firms as well as leaders across healthcare, manufacturing and retail. Learn more at www1.good.com.

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8 Comments

  1. Konkurencia ale stále ostáva… napr. Mobileiron Inc, ten by tiez mohli kupiť. Tiež sa im nedarí aj ked to je nová firma. Kazdopadne blackberry prezije i keby mala ostat iba na soft. rieseniach. To je logické ked poskupovali tolko firiem, a je tam aj QNX…takže zakaznici možu byť pokojný…max. sa zmenši firma či portfoliu aby sa redukovali naklady.

  2. Pred rokom urobili akviziciu Movirtu, kde človek môže mať na jednej SIM viac čísel, alebo cloud telefon…a čo urobilo? nič…Movirtu nefiguruje v portfoliu blackberry… a to prešiel rok… Bravo Blackberry! kupuje a potom nevie čo s tym.

      1. Tak ale bral by som na 1 sim 2 cisla…myslim že viac ludi …takže nech to dá dokopy…ingediiencii v podobe skúpenych spolocnosti má už dosť…tak už nech niečo navarí… mám hlad :)

  3. Je chválihodné, ze se nějaká firma v dnešní době chce starat o zabezpečení. Obávám se ale, že je to všechno zbytečné, protože “špiclování” zákazníků je už téměř povinností každého kolosu a dění ve světě to opět legalizuje, navzdory kritickým názorům z celého světa. Sno wden nám dokázal, že to, co jsme tušili, je jen špička ledovce, bohužel práva uživatelů i po tomto průšvihu nikoho nezajímají. Jen honba za Informacemi = Miliardy za obchodování s nimi, podle toho dnešní svět vypadá.. ŽUMPA!

  4. Šifrovanie je pre firmu vždy potrebné, najmä tie ktoré majú čo stratiť, Viete si predstaviť takú firmu s nezabezpečenenou komunikáciu? By si mohol každý odchytiť rôzne obchodné tajomstvá stratégie. A priemyselná špionáž je veľmi rozšírená. Toto nie je určené pre bežných zákazníkov. BlackBerry obyčajný zákazníci by už mali pochopiť že BlackBerry je primárne určený pre firmy.

    1. A v těch firmách pracuje kdo.., lidé. A ti mají své peníze na účtech v bankách a není jim jedno, jak bezpečně. Lidem jsou ukradené nějaké firmy, ty za ně nájmy nezaplatí.

      1. Ale v hre nie su predsa peniaze ale obchodné informacie… Zamestnancom je to možno jedno, ale majitelom urcite nie. Zmysel zabezpecenia je predsa v tom aby sa chranili citlive informacie.

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