Good Technology and BlackBerry are teaming up to mix security with enterprise mobility, and high-level executives remain optimistic about the future of the company, despite a state of limbo enforced by regulatory concerns.
Following on from BlackBerry's £425m acquisition of Good Technology in September, Christy Wyatt, chief executive of Good Technology, recently spoke to V3 about the future of mobility and the benefits the two firms can bring together.
"This is a really interesting opportunity because we have a lot of shared DNA with a high regard for security and an ability to work with very large enterprise organisations," she said.
"What was interesting is that, despite being two organisations that had tried to solve the same problem we had solved it from very different perspectives and they actually ended up being very complementary."
Wyatt noted that the concerns of Good Technology's customer base have shifted over the years as mobile devices become standard for all industries, which makes the timing of the deal ideal.
"Lots of people still confuse securing the device with securing data," she said.
"I think a lot of companies try the secure the device approach first, and it's not necessarily a mistake, but the problem is that when you are using an iOS or an Android device the user is far less clear that this is a corporate device.
"The fact that it does have such a high consumer component means they want that consumer experience, and the second you start mixing policies and mixing data you are compromising the user experience or compromising security."
Nicko van Someren, Good Technology's chief technology officer, also highlighted a number of changes the mobile market has been through in recent years.
"I think what has crucially changed is that two or three years ago mobility was a project. Now it is a fundamental part of end-user computing. Mobility is now as important as the desktop," he said.
Van Someren explained that a major trend is seeing customers mix consumer and corporate use.
"The majority of our customers are building custom applications to connect their end users into back-end business systems rather than just getting email or editing a Word document," he told V3.
"Increasingly they are deploying apps that are about how they are handle documents and custom applications."
Yet despite the promise of the merger for Good Technology, Wyatt remains tight lipped about any new developments as the final deal is still subject to regulatory approval.
"When we announced [the deal] we said we had to do two regulatory approvals and we have not finished either yet. So for now we are just planning and not really allowed to go into integration or do any formal work together," she told V3.
One of the approvals concerns the Committee on Foreign Investment in the US, which adjudicates on foreign takeovers and investments.
"The US government wants a vote because we are an American security company being sold to a non-American entity. But given this particular non-American entity [BlackBerry] we are somewhat optimistic," said Wyatt.
"We are looking forward to getting past that and then we will be able to start talking about what the world looks like together."
With the deal likely to close before the end of the year, it may not be too long until the two companies can finally get cracking on offering a complete suite of enterprise mobile security services.
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