BLACKBERRY STRENGTHENS ENTERPRISE PARTNER PROGRAM FOR RAPID GROWTH

BlackBerry strengthens enterprise partner Program FOR RAPID GROWTH
Partner program enables solutions providers to strengthen their security and mobility services
Singapore, SG – May 18, 2016 –BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a global leader in secure mobile communications, today announced the evolution of its Enterprise Partner Program for solutions providers. Through the program, BlackBerry will provide partners with best practices that enhance their skills to offer and support BlackBerry’s cross platform security and productivity solutions. The enhancements to the program are aimed to increase the value of BlackBerry partners, stimulate growth and drive profit, especially for partners that invest in their relationship with the company.

According to analyst firm Canalys, channel partners currently see themselves in a state of transformation, with security, mobility and managed services as some of the drivers for increased profitability. By enhancing the partner program on several levels, BlackBerry will help partners build new capabilities around the multi-OS EMM platform from BlackBerry.

The renewed program will include an integrated and simplified pricing structure along with enhanced partner discounts through deal registration. Solutions providers that want to mobilize their own business by showcasing Good Secure EMM Suites to customers are supported with discounted licenses from BlackBerry.

“The renewed BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program for solutions providers will enable our partners to capture the rich consulting, professional services, and support and software lifecycle management opportunities created in their move to mobile business,” said Richard McLeod, Vice President Global Channels at BlackBerry. “BlackBerry aims to help partners growing their business by empowering them to increase their value and improve competitive differentiation through building and developing intellectual property and personalized value-added services around our comprehensive multi-OS EMM platform.”

BlackBerry can also work closely with its partners to collect feedback and input on various topics such as in-market products, BlackBerry’s emerging technology roadmap and go-to-market approach to create more sales opportunities for its partners.

Wilson Ho, Managing Director of Westcon Solutions Asia, Westcon-Comstor says: “BlackBerry is a key enterprise software partner of ours, and we welcome this new initiative to better support our partners and grow our businesses.  The company has been through a significant transformation since its acquisition of Good Technology and launch of BES12, and we are excited to be working with BlackBerry to help our customers be secured and enabled in a connected world.”

The new Good Secure EMM Suites from BlackBerry provides partners with a recurring, subscription revenue model and a progressive packaging that delivers a customer life cycle growth opportunity as businesses continue to embrace secure mobility and productivity. With Good Secure EMM Suites customers can leverage simple and flexible options to deploy industry-leading security across devices, apps, content and data. These tailored mobility suites meet the current and future needs of businesses of any size through a single integrated offering of BES®12, Good Dynamics and WatchDox® by BlackBerry.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program for solution providers is split into three distinct tiers (Authorized, Gold and Platinum) that reflect the evolution happening within today’s mobile environment. Each tier provides different benefits based on a partner’s level of commitment. The more committed partners are, the more access to specialization, competencies and tools are being made available from BlackBerry. This gives partners the right competitive advantage in the market. 

More information on the BlackBerry Enterprise Partner Program can be found at partner.blackberry.com.

Find out more on Good Secure EMM Suites at www.blackberry.com/enterprise.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is securing a connected world, delivering innovative solutions across the entire mobile ecosystem and beyond. We secure the world’s most sensitive data across all end points – from cars to smartphones – making the mobile-first enterprise vision a reality. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

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