BlackBerry combines a number of previously acquired technologies in a single management for what it calls the "Enterprise of Things"-- BlackBerry Secure, a software suite connecting and securing all enterprise devices and endpoints.
The acquisitions in question include Good Technology, WatchDox, Athoc and Encription. As the company puts it, data breaches and cybersecurity threats remain the biggest roadblocks in realising the potential of the smart connected devices, bringing about a need for a mobile security platform able to manage and secure communications for all messaging and file types.
BlackBerry adds the platform helps prevent hackers from penetrating devices and PCs, provides intelligence for secure supply chain communications, ensures patient confidentiality in healthcare and safeguards assets in the financial industry.
"Our customers' investments are protected because this foundational platform is not only compatible with our current products and third-party software like Microsoft Office 365, but is also 'future-proofed' to address upcoming capabilities such as messaging and analytics," the company says. "It allows customers to build their own apps, workflows and business processes, and will be compatible with future applications and cloud-based systems because we have plans to expand the platform's features, market segments it supports, and our entire partner ecosystem."
Integrated with the platform is a good number of BlackBerry application offerings. These include BlackBerry Work (combines email, calendar, contacts, presence and document access), BlackBerry Access (enables secure mobile access to a range of web apps and intranet resources), BlackBerry Connect (enables real time collaboration on mobile devices), BlackBerry Share (handles secure file sharing on any devices) and BlackBerry Tasks (a task manager synchronised with Microsoft Exchange).
BlackBerry says the platform ships from January 2017.