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BlackBerry must focus on software and enterprise security

BlackBerry understands it must focus on software and enterprise security, while shifting focus away from making smartphones
By Michael Hatamoto from Mar 25, 2015 @ 6:36 CDT

BlackBerry is fighting for survival, and it doesn't appear smartphones and tablets are necessarily in its future. Instead, the company is focusing more on enterprise security and software designed for mobile and the Internet of Things (IoT).




The Canadian company wants to cater to enterprise users in the cloud market, with CEO John Chen expecting upwards of $500 million in software during the 2016 fiscal year. Looking ahead, BlackBerry will still focus on developing software and creating partnerships with established mobile hardware and software manufacturers.


The former smartphone king hasn't fully thrown in the towel on smartphones and tablets, but is taking a more refined approach. The BlackBerry SecuTablet is a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 paired with BlackBerry enterprise security software - an effort that is a collaboration between BlackBerry, Samsung, and IBM.


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