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April 30, 2014

SAIC Announces It Will Provide Capital for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10

Although some may think that the iPhone has taken over the world, many still cling on to their BlackBerrys, Samsung Galaxys or other smartphones as a way to connect, check Facebook and go on Twitter. Even though it’s not much of a newsmaker these days, the BlackBerry is certainly not dead.

BlackBerry Limited, which remains a world leader in mobile communications, announced that Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) is expanding its investment in the company. It plans on spending some of its capital toward BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 to help it grow in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) industry.

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BlackBerry Limited, previously known as RIM, is a telecommunications and wireless equipment company that is best known for the development of the BlackBerry brand of smartphones and tablets. It was one of the first mobile companies to create a smartphone that had the ability to give the average person a chance to connect with friends, while offering capabilities that hit home to the corporate professionals. Although it was dominant at one time -- taking almost half of the market -- since the development of the iPhone and Android devices, it has taken a little bit of a back seat.

So, this announcement might help to bring the BlackBerry back into the news and hands of its once loyal consumers. "Implementing BlackBerry's BES10 server provides us with a single management point to support mobile device communications," said Robert Fecteau, SAIC's Chief Information Officer. "This helps reduce overhead costs and allows us to focus training and development on enhancing skills needed to fully support secure mobility operations within the SAIC enterprise."

SAIC provides full lifecycles services and solutions in the technical, engineering and enterprise IT markets in the public and private sectors. It has decided to use the BlackBerry operating system versus others on the market as a chance to really give the EMM industry a shake-up.

"BES10 gives customers the power to create a customized EMM environment that reflects the diverse security and flexibility needs across their entire workforce," said John Sims, President of Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry. "SAIC will gain the advantage of BlackBerry's comprehensive solution that brings everything together, efficiently and securely, while still providing the best value."

Edited by Rory J. Thompson

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