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BlackBerry opens up BB10 to outside MDM platforms

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BlackBerry opens up BB10 to outside MDM platforms

BlackBerry has announced that alternative mobile device management systems can now support BlackBerry 10. AirWatch, Citrix, and IBM are already showing interest in supporting BB10 in their respective MDM solutions. BlackBerry will of course continue to be offering BES as their own solution to businesses looking to wrangle Android, iOS, and BB10 devices.

VMWare buying BlackBerry competitor AirWatch: The good and the bad

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This morning VMware announced plans to acquire BlackBerry MDM competitor AirWatch. The mostly-cash transaction is valued at $1.5 billion. For those unfamiliar with VMware, it is a publicly traded company in the virtualization infrastructure market. It’s a very large company valued at over $40 billion compared to BlackBerry’s $7 billion (Note: I’m counting the convertible stock as equity for purposes of market cap calculation).

The good news is this validates the importance of mobile device management, a core focus for BlackBerry given CEO Chen’s emphasis on this segment. According to BlackBerry, the Canadian vendor has more than 10x as many customers supported by its BES platform than the next largest dedicated EMM (enterprise mobility management) vendor.