Tuesday, 03 November 2015 15:13

Good deal completes for Blackberry

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BlackBerry has completed the acquisition of Good Technology and will integrate Good’s software solutions and services with its own software suites to offer what it claims is the industry’s most complete end-to-end solution that secures the entire mobile enterprise, across all platforms and applications while protecting personal privacy.

The Canadian communications company says with the acquisition of Good, it has expanded its ability to offer a unified, secure mobility platform with applications and services for any mobile device on any operating system – supported by security that has been certified by governments around the world embedded in every component of the mobility infrastructure.

“The Good and BlackBerry solutions are very complementary. Combined, BlackBerry solves one of the biggest challenges for CIOs – to securely manage all types of deployment models for any device operating system platform, whether on-premise or in the cloud,” said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO.

“We are creating a higher-value solution with the capability to extend across enterprise mobility management, collaboration and application enablement in order to provide customers with the best and most secure products, services and support to meet their enterprise mobility objectives.”

Chen cites comment on the Good Technology acquisition by IDC: “BlackBerry’s completion of the Good acquisition brings two leading companies in the mobile security space together to offer a secure cross-platform EMM solution,” said Stacy Crook, Research Director, Enterprise Mobility at IDC.

“Good brings additional value to the BlackBerry platform by offering strong application containerisation on iOS and Android, and will provide solutions to containerise custom and third-party applications.”

BlackBerry says it anticipates the acquisition to be accretive to earnings and cash flow within the first year after closing, and also expects to realise 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.


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