DATEV commit to BES10 and over 1000 BlackBerry 10 devices

By James Richardson on 16 Jan 2014 08:26 am EST

We recently heard the good news that a bunch of large companies in India and made the switch to BES10 for their enterprise needs. More news, this time from Germany where leading software and IT company DATEV are also going down the BlackBerry Enterprise 10 route. 

As we previously have stated - BlackBerry CEO John Chen is going to be targeting enterprise companies in the masses this year and by the looks of things they are off to a great start. If we keep seeing companies commit to BES10 like we have done so far in early 2014 then BlackBerry could well be on track to regaining some slices of the pie that they may have lost in the past couple of years. 

Keep 'em coming BlackBerry. 

Press Release

DUSSELDORF, GERMANY and WATERLOO, CANADA - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that DATEV, a software company and leading IT service provider in Europe for tax advisors, auditors and lawyers, has selected BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as its Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution. DATEV, a long-standing BlackBerry customer, has also started the roll out of more than 1,000 BlackBerry 10 smartphones.

"On a daily basis, our employees use their mobile devices to conduct confidential business, and require a reliable smartphone that can secure the transmission of business data across every endpoint, including the device, server and network," explains Wolfgang Fischer, group leader ICT systems and mobile at DATEV. "With BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES10, we have the best end-to-end solution in terms of usability, security and cost efficiency. Thanks to BlackBerry, our staff can access internal resources and other shared information on the go, without us having to worry about data loss."

Founded in 1966, DATEV has become one of the largest information providers and software companies in Europe. It provides companies, municipalities, associations and institutions with accounting, personnel management, business consulting and taxation, enterprise resource planning (ERP), IT security as well as organization and planning services. BES10 provides DATEV a complete end-to-end solution that allows employees to securely access corporate data from their smartphones. In addition, BlackBerry 10 smartphones' built-in BlackBerry(R) Balance(TM) technology separates and secures corporate data from personal e-mail, apps and documents, eliminating the risk of inadvertent data leakage, while providing end users with a rich consumer experience.

"Customers recognize the value that BES10 brings to their mobility needs with its industry-leading security, usability and cost efficiency. For DATEV, the combination of BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BES10 gives them the ideal combination for a flexible mobile computing environment that meets both corporate and end user requirements," said Markus C. Muller, Managing Director for Germany at BlackBerry.

BES10 is an integrated, multi-platform solution that secures and manages BlackBerry, iOS(R) and Android(TM) devices focusing on security, usability and cost efficiency to meet an organization's mobility needs. To date, more than 30,000 BES10 commercial and test servers have been installed by customers around the world. For more information, visit

Reader comments

DATEV commit to BES10 and over 1000 BlackBerry 10 devices


We are not seeing Chen's work results, but the hard work the business blackberry team has put over the past few months to close these deals, my props to them! Nice job!

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Your mind set it a bit off.

If these big companies started using BB10/BES10 right after the company seems dead to the world. He must be behind it, he isn't exactly twidling his thumbs. He has been working insanely in the few months he's only been in office.

Don't expect a big change over night, it's a gradual change.. Let him do his thing and we'll come back in a few months on quarter end then you can criticize him. But for now relax

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We won't be able to really tell if it's one or the other. Of course the management changes and all the recent statements BlackBerry has made can really push these deals to be close faster. However I believe this is months of hard work being put by the team.

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That will definitely follow suit, maybe US Companies need a little more hand holding, giving them assurance that BlackBerry is a safe company.

Call and they will come. Be patient young Jedi

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Totally awesome. But what is great that BlackBerry is announcing each new result. Great advertising, especially when other corporates see this.

Great psychology tactics

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Nice!!! BES10 and phones are the best combination as there are services revenue too. They are an existing BlackBerry customer, so good to see no defection!

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Lots of german and indian deployments. BlackBerry needs more North American deployments of BES. People in New York and Toronto don't really care

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Well if BlackBerry can get the rest of the world on board then to hell with north America.

And I'm from north America

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The majority of Fortune 500 companies are using BES10 so enterprise deployment is strong. The question center smartphone sales as BES10 supports Android and Apple. The message that needs to get across is that even on BES10, BB can't guarantee top level secure communications for Android and iOS because the software architecture is poor. Clearly, the US and China are already targeting this weakness as we have seen in multiple reports. Security requires more that BES servers, it requires secure network connections and phones.

BlackBerry can be profitable with out the USA market. This is how doing exactly that starts....

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Is it really scarce in the whole of Naija or you are just assuming that because it's scarce in your specific area?

Target lower markets. Then focus on the higher markets. I don't mind seeing only 3 or 4 new phones a year.

My city is in North America. And is uses bes10. And I'm not too far from Toronto. Toronto is not the epicenter if it all its not only Moore company's. That wee need to hear about but smaller unknowns are switching. In disabled. My z10 is my first BlackBerry. I will tell you best dam cell ever. And it's the keyboard that I love the most had a galaxy ran like bag I crap keyboards blow. Sane with ios. if you seem my z10 you'd be surprised at the abuse it's has taken with out braking the screen. It's dented has chips on the plastic edge of the screen. Dents in the plastic I do it at least 5 times a day with no case on it. If it was not for this keyboard this reply wound not make sense at all. I hope this was legible enough. My first post in here.

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It kind of made sense amongst the grammar and typos.

Nonetheless, I agree Z10 is durable as f*ck. I got it a rubber case so it can bounce when it falls.

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I'm from Germany and maybe I have to give you a better picture of the market for BlackBerry in Germany right know:
The enterprise sector might look quite good (as you can read in the articles about enterprise customers and German government).
The private sector is DEAD to be honest. Marketing close to be non-existent, provider not really commited, developers not commited (very few German apps).
Also the press in general is very negative about BlackBerry. BBM for Android/iOS hasn't been advertised properly. I don't know anybody who downloaded the app after it was released.

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Please pass this info to Mr. Chen, the chain hotels under starwood brand in Indonesia just deliver iphone to their top level employees, they are still use  and  server but likely they are in transition to switch to the iphone (on trial). They don't know anything about bb10 or bes10 even the IT dev. never touch bb10 devices.

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That's still a Torsten-Heins-Accomplishment ...

Decisions like BES upgrades are no made in much less than 3 months.

It's a blackberry accomplishment, let's not have in fighting, especially that BlackBerry is heading in the right direction

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Exactly, these deals, including Foxconn, were in the works for months. BB is now beating their chest, this avoids negative talk in the press. Chen knows how to work it. In the past a deal like this would have never been reported, 1000 phones, really? 7000 per hour were the sales figures at BB peak.

I am hoping we see a lot more news releases from now on with high profile companies and Fortune 500 companies going all out with BB10 and BES10. Mr. Chen is doing a great job, pushing the platform. And I am happy that he believes in the best mobile OS to date.
BES10 & BB10 customers are growing and growing fast. NICE>

DATEV = Secure Cloud since 1966!

That's great news for German Professionals! DATEV is operating one of the most trusted data centers in Germany, providing data processing for tax advisors, CPA's and lawyers. They're highly focussed on security.

Deploying BB10 to their own staff now could be pushing the BlackBerry brand in security conscious sectors in Germany, if there was a trace of marketing somewhere...

Exactly! Thats a great marketing opportunity, which should be definitely used by BlackBerry in Germany!