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Government IT contractor SAIC upgrading to BES10

BES Work Account on a BlackBerry Z10
By Simon Sage on 28 Apr 2014 08:39 am EDT
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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.

SAIC's CIO Robert Facteau commented on the roll-out:

"Implementing BlackBerry's BES10 server provides us with a single management point to support mobile device communications. 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."

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.

Source: Marketwired

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.

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Government IT contractor SAIC upgrading to BES10

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As per online information SAIC have about 14,000 employees. It is not a small # in my perspective

 Slicing using my 

Oh damn!! That's a significant amount of employees! Keep it moving, BlackBerry!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Noted, no effort is apparent to provide incentive to use BB devices, only improve the position of competitor products.

In the short term maybe. But now they are making money with ios and android. ND for the long term BlackBerry BES licenses are cheaper than ios/android.
So if the companies need to cut IT costs in the future they will most certainly think about switching to BlackBerry completely...

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Boom! Wow! Surprise! Son!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!

Another one... didn't say how many bb10 or how many employees total they have thought

Posted via CB10 app with my trusty Z10

Little by little progress is being made, let's just hope and keep going forward!

 BlackBerry Q10  Keep The Faith 

Stay focused ...

Stay committed...

Stay connected...

Stay BlackBerry...©

BlackBerry...Get it done!! ©

Q. Where is the '10' in BlackBerry 10?

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SAIC is a major company. Anyone who knows anything about government contracting knows SAIC. Great job BlackBerry!

This is what I want to see.

I'm also noticing blackberry 10 devices in the hands of people everytime i go to the mall or to the grocery store now!

Gaining popularity

Posted via CB10

Devices that are BlackBerry are the least of their revenue on this deal cal keys per device used ios/android/bb is where they make the money.

Posted via CB10 on my blazing fast Z30 on 10.2.1.2141

How much (approx.) revenue will this generate? That'd be good to know... Where's Umi? Maybe he can give an estimate.

I work for 'em. 2 of my managers have BB10 phones. I think they allow other phones, but are providing BB10 devices if a mobile is necessary for the job as 1 of the 2 just received a new Z30. My guess is that it will give BB a boost in sales, but not immediately, nor in abundance. BB steps... (<-- See what I did there?)

Media never covers this due to their ignorance of a great canadian company they want gone for good. Well, kcuf them all! This is good, which can only get better! :D

Posted via CrackBerry 10 (CB10) application using my BlackBerry Q10.

Now the US government needs to stop playing around and jump on the BlackBerry train!

Swiped via CB10 with my T-Mobile USA (Only T-Mo rep still pushing)  ‎BlackBerry Q10...oh wait a sec....its my new Z30, son! The holy grail of phones!