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Bharucha & Partners law firm upgrades to BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES 10

By Bla1ze on 9 Jul 2014 04:40 am EDT
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On top of the announcement that top UK law firms have chosen or are evaluating BlackBerry solutions, Bharucha & Partners out of Mumbai and Delhi announced all lawyers, paralegals as well as senior members of the administrative staff across their three offices have moved to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, primarily BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Z30 smartphones coupled with BES 10.

"In today's dynamic work environment, our lawyers require a real-time, secure, and flexible mobility solution. BES 10 in combination with BlackBerry 10 smartphones provides an excellent solution for environments like law firms. With BES 10, we are able to manage and service all of our devices across platforms with a simple unified console while BlackBerry 10 smartphones provide a great user experience and help reduce overhead costs," said Justin Bharucha, Founding Partner, Bharucha & Partners.

"The BlackBerry Balance technology enables easy segregation of work and personal activities. Users can work and share information securely while retaining access to enjoy personal apps, social networks, and a rich consumer experience on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones without compromising security."

Speaking on the matter, Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry noted "BlackBerry remains the most trusted enterprise mobility solution, offering customers a reliable, secure and cost-effective solution for multi-OS mobility management".

Press Release

Bharucha & Partners Upgrades its Smartphones and Management Solution to BlackBerry 10

New Delhi, India – BlackBerry® (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB) today announced that Bharucha & Partners, one of India's leading full service law firms, has upgraded its mobile fleet to BlackBerry® 10 smartphones and Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platform to BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), to manage its mobile infrastructure and protect corporate data.

All lawyers and paralegals as well as senior members of the administrative staff have moved to BlackBerry 10 smartphones, primarily BlackBerry Q5 and BlackBerry Z30 smartphones. As per the company policy, emails are only allowed on BlackBerry smartphones managed by BES 10. With BlackBerry Balance technology, users can access their professional and personal information separately without compromising security. The partition allows the professional part to be controlled and managed by the company's IT department, while the personal section is open for employees as per BYOD norms.

Founded in March 2008, Bharucha & Partners presently has three offices in Mumbai and Delhi. With over 60 lawyers, the firm offers expertise in different fields of legal practice with corporate mergers and acquisitions, banking and finance, litigation, arbitration, capital markets and financial regulation being its core areas.

"In today's dynamic work environment, our lawyers require a real-time, secure, and flexible mobility solution. BES 10 in combination with BlackBerry 10 smartphones provides an excellent solution for environments like law firms. With BES 10, we are able to manage and service all of our devices across platforms with a simple unified console while BlackBerry 10 smartphones provide a great user experience and help reduce overhead costs," said Justin Bharucha, Founding Partner, Bharucha & Partners. "The BlackBerry Balance technology enables easy segregation of work and personal activities. Users can work and share information securely while retaining access to enjoy personal apps, social networks, and a rich consumer experience on their BlackBerry 10 smartphones without compromising security."

"At BlackBerry, we strive to provide our customers with a robust mobility platform to support their complex enterprise requirements. The BlackBerry 10 smartphones with their superior hardware built, advanced communications and multimedia features, as well as an extended battery life, provide the best mobility solution for lawyers on the go. BlackBerry remains the most trusted enterprise mobility solution, offering customers a reliable, secure and cost-effective solution for multi-OS mobility management," said Sunil Lalvani, Managing Director for India at BlackBerry.

Recently awarded as the Lowest TCO Multi-Platform Enterprise Mobility Management Solution by Strategy Analytics, BES10 is the only enterprise mobility management solution capable of delivering comprehensive management and security for devices, apps and content across iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, all easily managed through a single console.

The rising number of organizations embracing BlackBerry Enterprise Services in India as part of their mobile strategy showcases the enterprise commitment to the BlackBerry solution, which is recognized as the gold standard in security for Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM).

About BlackBerry

A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, 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.

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Bharucha & Partners law firm upgrades to BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES 10

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Not able to understand why one by one, 'ONLY' Law firms are getting into BES10 + blackberry 10 for their lawyers.

Are other companies in India, such as those focussed on IT Security, Audit firms, Offshore banking units, etc, not able to understand how much more advanced BES10 and BB10 are?

Waiting for the BlackBerry Passport!!

Its a very small law firm based in Delhi having just 40 lawyers. Even at $5 per device per year its $200 per year in BES fees and 40 BB10 phones :(

We need big names like Indian IT companies like Infosys , TCS which have more than 200,000 employees.

yeah i was wondering how many paralegals they have too... I would think more than the # of lawyers, i'm guessing 100-200 or so...

and it was stated "over 60" lawyers btw, not 40.. just for the record :)

It's fine.. these 40 lawyers will be showing the beauty of BlackBerry 10 to their family members, friends, clients.. that makes it lot many people..

Slow and steady wins the race. Go BlackBerry

Posted via CB10 on my Z30

Exactly the reason I can't wait for USA and Canadian govs to start distribution of BB10 devices.

Posted via CB10

Dude not everyone drives a Lamborghini or however it's spelled. Not everyone can rock BlackBerry 10.

Posted via CB10

Agreed. Those announcements are somewhat pathetic. If they said GM, HP or something huge ok but making some big media snippets for this is vane.

How many companies like that are there in the world? Hundreds of thousands. Why make a deal about this one? If they had 450 sign-ups of such companies then we'd have a story.

Z30 Vivo Brasil

These press releases are made for the company who just signed up; to make them feel all warm and fuzzy and very savvy for the decision they just made. Remember, not all marketing is for new customers. Much of it is for your existing customers.

Posted via CB10

We are over 65000 globally, we are on BlackBerry 10, BBOS. We haven't jumped nor are we contemplating jumping. We have transitioned over the last 18 months or so to BES10, in large companies the transitional period isn't overnight. And every new addition fortifies BlackBerry positioning .

Posted via CB10

For a company everybody calls "dead" and devices "nobody wants" they sure sell alot and get alot of comapnies on BES10.

Again - why are you here? You have no interest in anything it seems except to sneer at everything positive and cheer everything negative. One of the other mobile nations sites surely has a nice home for you and I bet you can troll there as well.

He might be a troll.. but still... the big companies all left... just as a reminder. wallmart left a year ago for crappy windows.. [30.000+]

Z10STL100-2/10.4.1.324

JP Morgan is migrating to iPhones right now as well. That'll be a huge hit once complete....

Posted with a Verizon Z30 running 10.3.0.296/699 and CB10. [URL="bbmc:C0004F9BB"] My channel with zero subscribers but has Frenchie pics :) [/URL]

The US is a write off for Blackberry - totally irrelevant for the time being. Plus the US, and only the US, is iPhone crazy. Witness 50+ % market share in the US and 16% worldwide, now think about what that means for iPhone market share outside the US. Pretty dismal.

Sure... that law firm is a good one... atleast the lawyers' phones will impact the clients and tempt them to switch ;)

Posted via CB10... and my awesome Z10

It's amazing how media brainwashed these Samsung Sheep and Apple Sauce users are. When trying to explain how great the BlackBerry Z30 is, most of the people I talk to are (a) surprised that BlackBerry is still around, and (b) have never even picked up the Z30. It's their loss.

 Z30 Rocks 

I know what you mean. Mention Blackberry to someone and they think of the old curves that ran BBOS 7. Some people are just too small minded, let them stay with their iPhones and Android devices. #GoBlackberry!

White BlackBerry Q5 - CB10

I blame legacy BlackBerry holdout users still complaining and yammering about bis!

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

Exactly, BBOS was kept too long and has tainted the company name as "old" tech.
Even yesterday I was talking to a friend of mine, he told me he had "apped" me earlier (that's the new name for whatsapp) I told him I rarely check whatsapp and I rather use BBM.
His answer was ooh BBM is old fashioned, when I quickly reminded him of how annoying whatsapp can be because of people just sending you msg's out of the blue, he was like ooh yeah that is annoying...but anyways..blah bla..... so they just don't give a damn

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10.2.1 isn't good enough to sell anyone on Blackberry. I hope 10.3 will run android apps like butter. Then people will actually look at the OS, until the apps come AND run well, forget about winning anyone over.

I'm running 10.3 beta/leak whatever it is on my Z10. The Android player which isn't even the latest one that will come out runs 5X faster than on 10.2. Totally acceptable. There are youtube videos of this version loading Android apps next to a Samsung or other Android rocketship. The difference is imperceptible. Add 10.3 and the Amazon app store built in and there will be a whole new ball game. I agree however, the US is largely lost. I no longer wait for the good old days here. BB10 will sell overseas and hold the boat above water. Here, we are Rolex etc users as far as I'm concerned. Running an elite and little used and little understood system.

BlackBerry isn't doing itself any favors with attorneys and legal staff by having such a weak version of DocstoGo.

The current version of DocstoGo on my Playbook and Z10 won't even display footnotes and embedded images in MS Word documents I use for my legal work. The Powerpoint app in DocstoGo is also very poor.

Even if DocstoGo were much more robust, I would still do most of my legal compositionall work using the larger screens of laptops or desktops. However, it would be nice to be able to fall back on DocstoGo in a pinch, at least for reading footnotes in Word documents.

Agreed. A major upgrade of Docs to Go is overdue. I don't know if there are any limitations in the original purchase arrangement that would prevent that, but I thought RIM bought the IP and most of the people who made Docs to Go way back when. Allowing embedded links and pics would make it way more functional to me in my job.

From my Neutrino Powered Z10

I don't think BlackBerry are doing themseleves any favours with press releases like this. This is such small potatoes it makes BlackBerry seem like a small business, not a global player.

I agree, for right now anyways.

It would take a large number of "Bharucha & Partners" to make up for just UPS alone.

Toot your horns if the tune is worth hearing.

Now in India this could carry some weight. For the rest of the cell phone world Apple sold more phones then this just during the time it took you to read this. Sorry. I know, ouch!

But from truth comes hope.

Sometimes....

Using a BlackBerry Z10! The "UnDroid"!

TRS

What truth are you referring to? BlackBerry core clients slowly transitioning to BlackBerry 10 devices and BES 10/12? Anybody who continues to compare BlackBerry to Apple or Samsung are lacking any knowledge of what BlackBerry management are doing or have difficulty in comprehending what John Chen has said many times over the past nine months. Take a few minutes listen to John Chen In many interviews and let it sink in to what the man is doing it will only take a small amount of your time then you'll realize how lame your comments are.

Posted via BlackBerry Z30

Press releases like this aren't about the quantity of phones or licenses that are being sold. The focus here is the kind of client whose requirements for security are being met by BlackBerry and BES.

Remember, BlackBerry is transitioning away from relying on handset sales, and are focusing on software services and support for specific industries that need a high level of security on their devices.

This law firm, despite its size, is a perfect example of the customers the new BlackBerry is focusing on serving. By winning contracts like this they'll hopefully become the industry norm for the sectors they are focusing on. This is a definite win in my book.

Posted while peeking and flowing on my incredible BBQ10! 

These press releases are for the company mentioned in the press release. Those in charge love to see their company name mentioned, along with a laundry list of reasons why they are sooo smart for doing whatever; in this case choosing BES 10 and BB10. The press release isn't for the world to see, necessarily, nor is it BlackBerry tooting their own horn. It's BlackBerry tooting their customer's horn, and it is very cheap good will building.

Posted via CB10

Rather than criticise people for their smartphone choices.

Why show how good BB10 really is.

The arrogance of the previous administration thought process is what got BlackBerry in this mess to start with.

The key will be to undercut the premier devices of the competition, while improving the quality of the product.

Although the stock is rising.

I think this is temporary. BlackBerry needs a portfolio of devices including a tablet.

BlackBerry...Get it done!!!

Posted via CB10

Yay, but this is a really small potato. 60 lawyers plus support staff equals what, maybe 200 devices? That this is a story on CB, and a cause for celebration, indicates that we're having to mine very intensively for good news, and a sign perhaps of just how precarious things are. Losing the US DoD was news. Gaining the local cupcake lady is not news. :/

Posted via CB10

To answer some comments below - in Q4 2012 the US DoD announced it was ending its exclusive contract with what was then RIM. Since that time they've still placed significant orders for BlackBerry devices but the space is now open to Apple and Samsung as well. My point was just that the erosion and potential for erosion of existing clients bases was still significant. To be sure I like the new management team and feel optimistic that there's a future for the company. I think Mr. Chen is doing as good a job as could be hoped for of shoring up confidence and stemming the bleeding. (Arguably) T-Mobile aside he's been shrewd in positioning the company for potential future growth. And yes, every gain is good, even if it's local it can have an additive impact. It's just sobering to be celebrating new snowflakes when we're still calving off icebergs elsewhere. But, onward and upward.

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yes they have opened some space for apple and samsung, but that is low level, UNCLASSIFIED space. BBRY is still the only movile platform that is certified by the DoD for their most secure encrypted networks.

Precarious? SMH It seems the stock market thinks otherwise. Do you honestly think that BlackBerry's misfortunes will magically reverse over night? "Little rain make mighty ocean".

What? Why hide when not reporting at all, ahem Bloomberg, works?!??

 BlackBerry Z30  If it Don't Make Dollars, It don't Make Sense 

These lawyers are doing business with hundreds of companys if not thousands,so?Seeing someone with a BB and using it to do business is a different animal,others will follow for sure and it just snowballs.

When did we "lose" the DoD? BBRY is still the only platform allowed for highly secured communications. Yes they have tested and allowed for low level stuff the other platforms, but not the high level stuff that admirals and generals and senior executive staff do.

This may seem like small potatoes, but small wins are still wins. We have to remember that BBRY is FOCUSED on enterprise, so EVERY company that adopts BB10 and BES10 is one more company that IOS and ANDROID fail to capture.

Posted via CB10

Losing the US Air Force was a loss to BlackBerry but they'll be back as soon as their fleet of ipads get hacked...as far as the DoD goes, I'm pretty sure they still support BlackBerry...my brother works for the DoD and was just issued a BlackBerry upgrade late last year (it was BBOS7 but that's the DoD for ya...slow as hell...his phone the year before last was BBOS5 lol)
--Joz
PS-- someone please correct me if I'm wrong on this. Thanks!

Posted on my Q10!!! BB10 FTW!!!

You win the war one battle at a time. Some battles you lose UPS, Yahoo some you win but little by little you win the war.

Chen came on board and told the world BlackBerry was going back to its roots and has since focused on government, health, law firms and the regulated industries. The common denomination among the industries was the need for high security which is BlackBerry's strength. The wins that I read on these pages by and large come from these industries and from the top corporations.

I think if we shift our focus from who is selling millions of smartphones to the consumer and focus on what BlackBerry is doing in the enterprise space we would see that slowly but surely they are coming back.

Small firm but agree with a poster abovre, these lawyers will bring their phones back and show them to their family, friends and clients. This is the most cost effective marketing there is!

Posted via CB10

Great news but I can tell you that a friend of mine was at a Gartner conference in the US, and BES10 was not even a consideration. We need more US based BES10 deployments . #KeepMoving

Posted via CB10 app & my killer BlackBerry Z30

"Blackberry enters contract to sell (approximately) 200 phones in India"

Why is this even news? Apple probably sold that many phones in the time it took me to write this post.

Royal Bank of Canada and Xerox are also issuing BlackBerry 10 devices. I have seen it first hand.

Posted via CB10

BB10! Best in market. I'm sure now that BlackBerry is more stable and cat hung up fast we will see more users like we did in the past!

Posted via CB10

My company also uses BES 10 server and have been associated with BlackBerry since more than 5+ years, but never have I seen it being mentioned. There are more than 4000+ BlackBerry users

Posted via CB10

Who needs droid apps on BlackBerry 10. Our natives are far better. Its imp that BlackBerry doesnt loose its positioning as a business device rather than a gaming or entertainment device. Thats what will keep BlackBerry alive. Ive heard the white house still uses BlackBerry for comms.

CB10 on my Z10

I find their choice of phone, Q5 and Z30, very interesting. Why not Q10 and Z10? Either way it's a positive news.

Using Z10, wanting Z30, eyeing Windermere

Good news don't care how many it is. Every single device counts. I think the story is more about security then numbers. They have info that needs to be very secure. Also it showed that BlackBerry appreciates there business no matter how small and that's not a bad thing

Posted via CB10

Understandably it is a small endeavour by any means! Nevertheless it is a positive sign.Also with respect to Z3 India would love to see more such devices in vibrant colours(or at least in white colour) & that's the pricepoint most devices are sold here I really do not see why BBRY with its topnotch OS/& one of the easiest UI a smartphone can have can't surpass the John Chen's target of 10 million pcs/year.I think BBRY can easily cross that target with devices like Z3 in Asia alone. It is just that BBRY needs to pull up their socks & improve the marketing/public relations

Posted via CB10

It is good to see that BlackBerry is holding on to the niche of highly regulated industry, not dominant, but holding on.

Yet again, good news. Never gave up on my BlackBerry stocks, which will pay for the Passport and/or Classic. Still rockin the Q10 with no regrets but it may get replaced by the Classic in the end. Long BBRY.

CB10 - Q10

The trolls continue to harp on iPhone world wide sales . The fact that someone buys something does not make it better. Sheep are everywhere. I choose a phone not because someone else has it.

Posted via CB10