BlackBerry actually makes some progress: enterprise interest up
One fact that’s emerged from all the events surrounding the BlackBerry buy-out deal that fell through, the decision to keep on going with its existing business, and the move to new leadership has been that BlackBerry refuses to go down without a fight. While we see OEMs on other platforms continue to dazzle us with advanced model after advanced model, pushing limits every chance they get, BlackBerry has seemed content to keep pushing forward at its own pace. It’s clear that the company still wants to keep making handsets, but a lot of talk about its future has focused on its enterprise chops. While BlackBerry 10 sales may not be anything special, apparently BlackBerry’s been doing quite well in its relationships with other businesses, revealing some recent growth.
Over the past six months, BlackBerry has seen the number of large business and government clients using its smartphone management services grow by a healthy 20 percent.
That makes 30,000 some firms using BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10; they’re not all running BB hardware, as BES now supports iOS and Android, but that’s still some meaningful growth for the company. At the least, growing interest in its enterprise services could give BlackBerry some additional breathing room while it tries to make BlackBerry 10 work.