Melbourne, Australia and Waterloo, Canada – BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY; TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that the Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) and Questas have selected BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as their enterprise mobility solution.
The announcement comes as an independent report released today by leading Australian ICT research firm Telsyte, which found that BlackBerry was the most widely implemented MDM (Mobile Device Management) solution in Australia in 2013*. In a market where MDM penetration more than doubled in Australia in 2013, the report also found that one in five businesses (with 20 or more employees) with an MDM solution in place, uses BlackBerry.
BlackBerry continues its momentum in the enterprise market in Australia for managed mobility services with cross-platform capabilities. BlackBerry has seen 65% of its Australia’s customer base migrate to or are trialing BES10 since its launch, including verticals such as government, finance, mining and professional services.
BES10 offers organizations multi-platform mobile device, app and content management with industry-leading end-to-end security credentials and controls that let IT easily manage smartphones and business applications, enabling a more productive workforce. Organizations in the private and public sector in Australia that have recently selected BES10 include:
· The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) is a specialist federal government department that provides auditing services for the Australian Parliament. In addition to selecting BlackBerry 10 smartphones, ANAO is managing multiple mobile platforms using BES10 and BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS® and Android™ devices, which creates a secure container on the device to access corporate data and enables the IT department to manage the devices along with BlackBerry smartphones. Gary Pettigrove, CIO of ANAO said, "As a department that sets best practices for others, it is important that we deliver a mobile strategy that meets our strict security requirements, but also drives productivity through real-time communications and enabling choice for our employees. About 86% of our workforce is mobile and needs to work fast and flexibly across multiple functions of Parliament, whilst maintaining the integrity and security of national information. By enabling and protecting our workforce with control over the use of work and personal data, we are driving significant efficiencies among our workforce whilst leveraging the capabilities of BES10.”
· Questasis a professional services company that has opted for BlackBerry smartphones over other devices due to the company’s stringent security needs. Chief Information Officer, Ferdinando Cosentino said, “Questas provides centralised corporate services for a diverse network of sites all over Australia, so the ability to configure and secure our mobile devices remotely is essential for our ICT strategy. We looked into other mobile providers, however we found BlackBerry provided the level of security our business needs at both the device and network level, and is able to optimally satisfy our mobile requirements, while catering for other platforms as well.”
The rising number of organizations in Australia embracing BES10 as part of their mobile strategy demonstrates Australian enterprises’ commitment to the BlackBerry solution, which is recognized as the gold standard in security for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).
Matthew Ball, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at BlackBerry said, “Our leadership in the enterprise market continues to expand in Australia and I am delighted to see this reflected in the findings of Telsyte’s report, in which BlackBerry is named as the most widely implemented MDM solution in the country.
“While we continue to win the trust of Australian government departments, we are also seeing significant traction in other regulated and private industries that want to enable workforce mobility with multiple devices, while maintaining company IP and data is protected and secure. We are looking forward to working with our partners and customers in the region in 2014 as we continue BlackBerry’s global enterprise momentum.”
BlackBerry also announced that Matthew Ball is participating in an Enterprise Mobility Summit panel at Connect 2014 on Friday 14th March where he will discuss mobility strategies for businesses and governments.
* Telsyte, Australian Enterprise Mobility Market Study 2014
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