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VP and Head of U.S. Public Sector Q&A
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John Chen moves forward
News & Rumors
News & Rumors
News & Rumors
News & Rumors
News & Rumors
News & Rumors
John S. Chen is the appointed CEO at BlackBerry, taking the place of Thorsten Heins. Chen is currently a director at both Wells Fargo and Disney, and was most recently Chairman and CEO at Sybase. He is credited with transforming Sybase before the sale to SAP.
As the interim CEO of BlackBerry, Chen is responsible for strategic direction, strategic relationships and organizational goals.
Although BBM Money was announced back in 2013, we've not really heard much about it on a large level but BlackBerry is now finally ready to make some more moves with it and has announced a series of new initiatives today that will enhance the mobile payment capabilities for users of BBM. Initiatives they note will, take the ability to connect and share using BBM Money one step further and introduce BBM Money to Android and iOS smartphone users in Indonesia.
BlackBerry has also announced a new partnership with TransferTo, the leading global provider of international airtime remittance, which will enable users to send prepaid mobile credit to their contacts overseas, seamlessly from within the BBM app. TransferTo works with over 350 MNO's in 100+ countries, reaching over 3.6 billion prepaid users. Additionally, the new BBM Money app will enable payments in participating retail stores and online, while continuing to benefit from bank-grade security measures including passcodes and encryption while also leveraging BlackBerry security.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry continues to quietly forge new partnership deals and another has just been announced via Tango Networks. The Tango Networks solution, now a part of BlackBerry's Enterprise ISV Reseller Program, is available to customers direct from BlackBerry and its value-added reseller network. Tango Networks' portfolio of Business Mobility Solutions offered through BlackBerry includes:Continue Reading →
BlackBerry has now announced a new partnership with AIESEC Canada wherein over the next 12 months, AIESEC Canada's seven-person executive team will be equipped with BlackBerry Z30 smartphones to help them manage their demanding schedule and document their experiences. The AIESEC executive team will utilize BBM, BBM Video and Screen Share, among other BlackBerry 10 productivity applications, as they visit 30 university campuses across Canada and travel to international conferences.Continue Reading →
John Chen wasn't exactly an unknown before he accepted position as CEO at BlackBerry but since joining the company he's been tossed into the spotlight even further and has people paying attention to BlackBerry and what he might be doing next. Over at Canadian Business, they've now released their 'Canada's 50 Most Powerful Business People' list and perhaps, it's no surprise John Chen is in the top 10 coming in at 8.Continue Reading →
Although his hiring went quietly unnoticed for a while, Jeffrey Ait actually joined BlackBerry approximately three months ago and took position as VP and Head of the U.S. Public Sector from Good Technology, where he served as Director of the Public Sector. As part of a Q&A session with the Inside BlackBerry Business Blog, Ait has now shared a little more info about what his position entails, why he joined BlackBerry and his thoughts on Government Mobility.Continue Reading →
Here's a way to kick off a Monday. BlackBerry has now announced they've opened up a new portion of business called BlackBerry Technology Solutions business unit and heading up BTS is Dr. Sandeep Chennakeshu, who formerly worked as President of Ericsson Mobile Platforms and CTO at Sony-Ericsson.
Executive Chairman and CEO John Chen said, "I am very pleased that Sandeep has joined BlackBerry to lead BTS. QNX, Certicom and Paratek are strategic and technically innovative assets with significant potential to address the much wider global markets for secure, reliable communications and embedded applications. Project Ion creates an application platform that enables secure and collaborative machine-to-machine communication required by the growing number of end-to-end, Internet of Things applications. Our broad global portfolio of 44,000 patents is of value to several industry segments. Combining all these assets into a single business unit led by Sandeep will create operational synergies and new revenue streams, furthering our turnaround strategy."
The BTS business unit comprises BlackBerry's innovative technology assets, including: QNX (embedded software), Project Ion (Internet of Things application platform), Certicom (cryptography applications), and Paratek (RF antenna tuning), as well as BlackBerry's extensive patent portfolio.Continue Reading →
With documentation of $30 per year BBM Protected price plans starting to emerge, it's worth discussing what effect this might have on the company's earnings and stock price. As it stands right now, BBM Protected requires a BlackBerry device. That will change in the fall when it becomes available for Android and iOS through Secure Work Space but for now, let's just stick with the possible BlackBerry only numbers.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry's three-year-long internal restructuring process is now "completed," according to a leaked memo obtained by Reuters, and the company could soon begin hiring again in some areas. The memo, sent by CEO John Chen to all employees, reads "We have completed the restructuring notification process, and the workforce reduction that began three years ago is now behind us."Continue Reading →
Yesterday BlackBerry announced that they've hired a Chief Operating Officer. The company has not had a COO since John Chen took over and cleaned house.
Remember when Thorsten Heins brought in his own management team including COO Kristian Tear who had tremendous experience from Sony Ericsson and Ericsson? Or how about the co-COO structure that worked very well for BlackBerry during its hyper growth phase? They had Don Morrison covering carrier relationships (he was formerly an AT&T guy) and Larry Conlee (an ex-Motorola guy) who was in charge of manufacturing.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry has been doing a lot recently to reinforce the fact security is important in Enterprise mobility where they remain the market leader but to help push it even further, BlackBerry CEO John Chen and his senior leadership team, BlackBerry partners, customers and industry experts are hosting an exclusive Security Summit on July 29th in New York.
Discussions and demos will address today's security threats, future security risks associated with the Internet of Things, investments in mobile security and security imperatives for regulated industries such as healthcare, financial services and government.
Attendees will hear best practices for implementing secure mobile communications and learn about the latest steps BlackBerry is taking to reinforce its leadership in delivering the most secure end-to-end enterprise mobility solutions.
It's hard to say if there will be any announcements during the event but any time John Chen is around you never know what's going to happen. Unfortunately, I won't be attending the event personally but we'll be sending Adam to make sure we (and you all!) don't miss out on anything. Hopefully, John Chen will be willing to show off the BlackBerry Passport and Classic some more as well but we'll have to wait and see.Continue Reading →
Yesterday IBM and Apple announced the start of a significant courtship that stands to forever change the landscape of enterprise mobility. In short, Apple and IBM launched an exclusive deal by which IBM will sell iPhones and iPads to its enterprise customer base, create iOS apps and services, and launch other cloud solutions including mobile device management (MDM).
That last bit … cloud hosted MDM … sounds a lot like it could be a major competitive threat to BlackBerry, right? That's how it's being represented across most of the media thus far. The street has reacted similarly as well, with BBRY shares trading down nearly 12% today. I don't think it's quite so cut and dry.Continue Reading →
In the weeks since BlackBerry's latest earnings announcement the stock has climbed significantly higher. It was trading in the $8 range (all figures in USD) prior to the quarterly news, and has now advanced to $11.43 as I write this. This week the stock reached a high of $11.63, which is very close to the company's 52-week high of $12.18.Continue Reading →
Unless you were somewhere stuck without internet today, then you likely caught wind of Google's I/O conference where they announced several new things for that are in the works for Android. Android Wear, Android L, Android Auto, Android TV. Among all those announcements, Google also noted they would be stepping up Android's security and that apparently caught the attention of BlackBerry CEO John Chen who took to BlackBerry's own official blog to share his thoughts on it all.Continue Reading →
Today was a pretty awesome day for BlackBerry and BlackBerry fans all around. Yesterday BlackBerry announced their partnership deal with Amazon and that was pretty awesome as well, but for some folks it felt like a precursor to some possibly bad news waiting within BlackBerry's earnings report. Get the good news out because there's probably some not so good news coming. However, anyone who did have that on their mind was pretty quickly proven wrong for even thinking that.Continue Reading →
First thing tomorrow morning BlackBerry will report Q1 results. It should be a great conference call since the company has officially launched the Jakarta phone and they've announced support for Amazon's app store in OS 10.3, which I think could go a long way to resolving many of the most common consumer complaints. But more on that in a separate piece.Continue Reading →
I originally planned on making the trip to Waterloo for the event as I have the past three years so I could attend the AGM in person. Unfortunately, turns out I forgot I have my own AGM to attend on Wednesday night that I can't miss which screws up getting me to Waterloo in time for the event (advice: avoid being President of your condo board at all costs).Continue Reading →
It's time for my annual pilgrimage to Waterloo, Canada, the birthplace and hometown of BlackBerry, to attend the company's Annual General Meeting of Shareholders.
This will be my fourth year attending the AGM and John Chen will be the fourth CEO to take the stage in as many years. We were there for the end of the Mike Lazaridis / Jim Balsillie co-CEO reign and we were there for the Thorsten Heins era has he worked to bring BlackBerry 10 to market. This year we'll hear from John Chen, now just over six months on the job, as he works to rebuild value for shareholders.Continue Reading →
To go along with the First Quarter Fiscal 2015 results on June 19th, BlackBerry will also be hosting their annual shareholder and special meeting that day as well at 10:00am EDT in Waterloo, Ontario. The event will be webcast for all to tune into via the BlackBerry Investor Relations site.
From a CrackBerry standpoint, Kevin will be in attendance to hopefully catch up with BlackBerry CEO John Chen as a six-month follow up to our CES 2014 interview and find out what has changed within BlackBerry since then. We'll likely also fire up a live blog or two, so stay tuned!Continue Reading →
Several years ago BlackBerry started a secret project to bring BES-like features to families. This was way back when the iPhone didn't even have copy and paste yet, the iPad didn't exist and Android had next to no market share. BlackBerry was still king of the smartphone world so the idea of going cross-platform wasn't terribly important yet.
BlackBerry Unite offered families a way to install software on a PC and benefit from a shared contact list and calendar, photo and file sharing and user management. Parents could also act as system administrators. There was a lot of potential behind the product and although it was executed well from a software perspective, the marketing was non-existent.Continue Reading →
As part of the Code/Conference taking place, BlackBerry CEO John Chen sat down with Walt Mossberg and Ina Fried to discuss what's happening at BlackBerry. On the list of topics covered was new devices, new verticals, developers and how BlackBerry is returning back to its Enterprise roots in order to get the company healthy again and once again reiterated that the company is nowhere near dead but is does have a lot of problems he's hoping to be able to fix.Continue Reading →