BlackBerry announced that one of their big customers, the Science Applications International Corporation, has upgraded to BES 10. Their device environment includes iOS and Android devices in addition to BlackBerry. SAIC works in a lot of government-related sectors, including training, logistics, networking, and crisis management. Obviously working in those spheres requires a fair bit of security, which BES 10 provides.
Though BlackBerry didn't say anything specifically about how many devices these guys have deployed, obviously it's significant enough to warrant press release. Besides, it's always good to see BlackBerry lock down more customers. SAIC uses BES10 in the management of BlackBerry, iOS, and Android devices, utilizing features like Secure Workspace containerization.
SAIC Deepens Commitment to Secure Multi-Platform Device Management with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
BlackBerry remains preferred mobility solution for government and commercial technology integrator
MCLEAN, VIRGINIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 28, 2014) - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY)(TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that Science Applications International Corporation (NYSE: SAIC) is expanding its investment in BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) for enterprise mobility management (EMM).
SAIC, which provides full lifecycle services and solutions in the technical, engineering and enterprise IT markets in the public and private sectors, has upgraded its BlackBerry Enterprise Servers to BES10 in order to manage both its current fleet of BlackBerry® 10 devices as well as its devices running Android and iOS operating systems. BES10 will ensure the security in SAIC's multi-operating system environment while streamlining operations for administrators with a single management console.
"Implementing BlackBerry's BES10 server provides us with a single management point to support mobile device communications," said Robert Fecteau, SAIC's Chief Information Officer. "This helps reduce overhead costs and allows us to focus training and development on enhancing skills needed to fully support secure mobility operations within the SAIC enterprise."
"BES10 gives customers the power to create a customized EMM environment that reflects the diverse security and flexibility needs across their entire workforce," said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry. "SAIC will gain the advantage of BlackBerry's comprehensive solution that brings everything together, efficiently and securely, while still providing the best value."
For SAIC, security means protecting both corporate and client data, including that of their customers in commercial markets and federal, state and local governments. In addition to deploying BlackBerry 10 smartphones for their highest security requirements, SAIC is also utilizing Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, which is a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BES10. This technology securely separates sensitive corporate data from personal content, making Secure Work Space an ideal solution for organizations that desire the flexibility of a BYOD program with the control they demand for mobile communications.
The BES10 multi-platform solution allows customers to manage BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices from a single, highly secure, reliable platform. Around the globe, nearly 33,000 BES10 commercial and test servers have been installed to date.