Blackberry is to buy Good, the app-based secure communications provider which counts major businesses and governments among its client base.
Good offers a range of services to Enterprise customers, including email, intranet access and document sharing though a range of smartphone and tablet apps.
Customers include half of firms in the Fortune 100, including all Fortune 100 commercial banks, aerospace and defence firms, and leading firms in healthcare, manufacturing and retail.
More than 60 percent of users access the services from iOS devices and Good’s acquisition will boost Blackberry’s ability to service the Apple-owned platform.
It also furthers Blackberry’s transformation from smartphone maker to secure software and solutions provider.
“By acquiring Good, BlackBerry will better solve one of the biggest struggles for CIOs today, especially those in regulated industries: securely managing devices across any platform,” said John Chen, BlackBerry Executive Chairman and CEO.
Chen added: “By providing even stronger cross-platform capabilities our customers will not have to compromise on their choice of operating systems, deployment models or any level of privacy and security.
‘Like BlackBerry, Good has a very strong presence in enterprises and governments around the world and, with this transaction, BlackBerry will enhance its sales and distribution capabilities and further grow its enterprise software revenue stream.”
“Enterprise customers today demand stringent security and the most flexible platform across all mobility strategies,” said Christy Wyatt, Good Chairman and CEO.
“We are excited to join BlackBerry, where together we will be the most comprehensive mobile platform in the market. Good has worked hard to deliver the highest levels of security across operating systems and applications.
“Our trusted Good solutions will also help BlackBerry to accelerate its Internet of Things platform for managing endpoints beyond mobile devices.”