BlackBerry may have cut their internal staffing levels heavily over the last year or so but in terms of research and development they are starting to outsource. It's reported that they have teamed up with ValueLabs - an Indian based company that specialize in technology / process consulting, software product development, testing, Remote Infrastructure Management (RIM) and Knowledge Process Outsourcing (KPO) services.

The team for BlackBerry work would be set up at ValueLabs’ new facility in the second phase of Hi-Tec City. “The team of 200 professional staff will work with various groups within BlackBerry, including test engineering and software development,” the executive said.

“The depth of our mobility and QA expertise, coupled with our Extended Team Model of engagement, will help BlackBerry realise its development objectives.” Ram Manjeri, Senior VP at ValueLabs, said.

ValueLabs have been operating since 1997 and have more than 2500 staff worldwide. R&D for some aspects of the BlackBerry business may well be getting streamlined in Waterloo, but that's certainly not stopping the investment for the future. 

What part of the BlackBerry business ValueLabs will work on is currently unclear, although it certainly seems that it may well be the software side of things. You have to remember that there is a multitude of departments at BlackBerry - hardware, software, QNX and more. Either way, it's great to see the Canadian company pushing forward and it will be interesting to see what ValueLabs can bring to the BlackBerry 10 table.