Acquisition helps BlackBerry bolster cross-platform enterprise services
BlackBerry has attempted to bolster its enterprise services, by acquiring a competitor in the mobile security business. Good Technology is being bought by the mobile phone producer for $425 million in cash, with the purchase expected to help Blackberry shore up its own enterprise messaging and security platform by using Good's knowledge of iOS, Windows, and Android management and applications security.
Good Technology shows iOS widening lead at work
Good Technology broke down its latest enterprise stats Wednesday to show that the iPhone 4S had a tangible impact on share at work. The new Apple phone made smartphone activations through the enterprise platform "skyrocket," making up for any pent-up demand from the summer with a record in the fall. iOS as a whole made up 70 percent of the newly switched-on activations, keeping its summer share even in the face of theoretically tougher competition.
HTC to use IBM business apps on Android devices
HTC and IBM together said in an interview Friday that they were working together to get Android into the workplace. IBM's business apps were running on HTC's phones and tablets, HTC's Global Enterprise and Services director David Jaeger told eWeek. On its side, HTC was making sure both that the devices took full advantage of the IBM apps and that they "focused extensively" on security.
Good says iPad gaining over Android in enterprise
A new study from Good Technology (PDF) has suggested that the iPad was not only the leading tablet in enterprise but that it was gaining over Android in the workplace. Apple's tablet made up over 95 percent of the activations on Good's service where Android dropped down to 3.1 percent. Good attributed it both to Apple's much more established deployments in business as well as a greater likelihood that anyone bringing a tablet of their own would choose an iPad.
Deutsche Bank in iPhone e-mail trial with Good
Apple has landed a coup in the enterprise as early reports have emerged that Deutsche Bank has launched another iPhone e-mail trial. The project uses a Good Technology app to check company e-mail more securely than what iOS can normally offer. If successful, the new trial described by SAI could let workers opt to use an iPhone and either switch from a BlackBerry or start off with an iPhone in the first place.
Good Tech sees iPad up, Symbian and Windows out
Good Technology in a new study (PDF) showed the iPad quickly becoming one of the most popular devices activated in the enterprise outside of the BlackBerry. Apple's tablet shot up from 14 percent in October to about 22 percent in December, putting it only just behind the iPhone 4 as the most popular. The rise was helped by a surge in interest from banks, whose interest spiked up to 40 percent.
Business adopting multiple mobile platforms
Enterprise mobility company Good Technology has released a report highlighting the recent successes of iOS and Android devices in enterprise markets. Both platforms are credited with helping to drive changes in businesses, many of which are now catering to employee requests for choice between different mobile devices.
NTP claims BlackBerry suit validates Apple claims
NTP today said it has sued Apple, Google, HTC, LG, Microsoft and Motorola for allegedly infringing eight patents for wireless e-mail. Filed yesterday in an Eastern District of Virginia court, the lawsuit claims that their creations of smartphones or mobile operating systems with e-mail support, such Android and the iPhone, are violations of wireless e-mail technology it claims to have invented. The plaintiff claimed it was spurred on by its winning a lawsuit against RIM, which it managed only after the US Patent and Trademark Office rejected some, though not all, of its patent claims.
Motorola Q2 2009
Motorola this morning touted rare positive news with its first profit in several quarters. The company generated a net income of $26 million, or just a single cent per share, and owed much of the return to health due to major cost cuts, including 7,000 job cuts as well as selling Good Technology. Recent quarters have seen losses, and the company had broken even just the past spring.