In the past year, BlackBerry has worked hard to grow their partners and channels program, so perhaps it's no surprise they've once again been named a CRN Partner Program Guide 5-Star Winner, following up on their 2017 win.

The CRN Partner Program is the definitive listing of technology vendors that provide products and services through the IT channel, and receiving a 5-Star rating speaks to the work BlackBerry has done to establish itself as a premier program leader for solution providers. In fact, we are seeing more and more solution providers choose to partner with BlackBerry because we provide a program that builds on our nearly two decades of experience in mobile security, along with providing everything a partner needs to be successful in the era of the EoT and extended enterprise.

In the last 12 months alone BlackBerry has added more than 650 partners, raising our total number of partners to over 1,700. We've built our channel program because it's an incredibly powerful growth engine for the company, fueled by skyrocketing demand for secure, end-to-end enterprise mobility solutions. In addition, we are constantly looking for ways to add even more value to our partner program. The recently launched Partner Hub was designed to deliver speed, visibility and insights that can transform partners' selling processes and close more deals, and the new BlackBerry SHIELD Advisor Program leverages our decades of experience in cybersecurity benchmarking, and extends that knowledge to our top-tier partners.

For BlackBerry, that growth has been a crucial part of their turnaround as having partners and channels to tap into helps get their offerings into areas that need it most. Congrats to BlackBerry on their win this year!