Blackberry says: “I’m Not Dead YET!”
Once proud Unicorn company Good Technology has been acquired by Blackberry for $475M. This transaction was annouced Friday 9/4/15 and has been a buzzworthy topic in the mobile security arena ever since. The acquisition demonstrates Blackberry's continued resolve to execute on a software centered strategic turn around plan. This acquisition is the biggest in Blackberry history and is an excellent fit in both features as well as company DNA. Blackberry refuses to die and is making major moves, such as this, to expand it's position in a market that will only be lucrative to the leading few vendors. It's going to be feast or famine for Blackberry going forward.
Blackberry and Good are both security minded companies having created similar solutions based on full stack security. Everything from network operations centers up through application layer security controls were implemented, albeit in different delivery platforms. Both offerings have fallen on hard times in the recent past with Blackberry having difficulty overcoming its failures in the hardware space and Good falling prey to a rapidly commoditizing market around mobile management technologies.
If you would like to read more about the acquisition, what it means to Blackberry, what it means to Good Technology, and certainly what the enterprise should do with regards to both vendors going forward check out our piece on the topic: Blackberry Acquires Good Technology, Buying Share In The EMM Market. And in the mean time here's a link to the full Monty Python skit: Bring Out Your Dead!