BlackBerry's New Tablet Aims Enterprise, Govt

by CXOtoday News Desk    Mar 16, 2015


BlackBerry’s new tablet is not made for regular consumers. It clearly targets large enterprise and the government and is in line with CEO John Chen’s plans to turn the company around. With collaboration with IBM and Samsung, Secusmart, a BlackBerry company, has just launched SecuTABLET, an enterprise tablet at CeBIT 2015.

The new, secure tablet that supplements the SecuSUITE for BlackBerry 10 portfolio and can be seamlessly integrated into existing SecuSUITE infrastructures. As the name suggests, it is a high security tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 for national and international public sector markets and enterprises. Personal applications or those that are not additionally secured, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp, can also be used.

National and international government customers have entrusted their voice and data communications with the Secusmart Security Card for years. This same technology is what secures the new SecuTABLET, said Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO, Secusmart.

“Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network. Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access BlackBerry’s most secure and complete communications network in the world,” he added.

“The SecuTABLET closes a supply gap and opens up for government and administrations an opportunity to derive greater benefit from digitization and the mobile Internet, with system integration as a fundamental success factor,” said Stefan Hefter, senior management consultant, IBM, which has provided the secure app wrapping technology for the SecuTABLET, and assists in implementing the high security solutions by Secusmart within the infrastructures of the various clients inside the governmental sector.

Also this isn’t the first time BlackBerry has partnered with Samsung. Last year, the two announced an agreement to strengthen Samsung’s Knox mobile security suite with BlackBerry technology.

As a BlackBerry company, Secusmart enhances the company’s commitment to remaining the leading provider in enterprise mobile security. BlackBerry is the only mobile device management (MDM) vendor that has achieved the “Full Operational Capability” level of certification for operation on US Department of Defense Networks.

According to experts, more and more tablet makers are tapping into the enterprise market and are going through exciting partner. Last year, Apple and IBM partnered to transform enterprise mobility. The result was the recently launched IBM MobileFirst for iOS portfolio, a 10-pack of newly designed apps for the enterprise. These new iPhone and iPad-based apps feature solutions enable workforces in the retail, financial, insurance, telco, government and hospitality sectors in unique ways.

Another tablet aggressively targeting business users is Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 that was positioned as ‘tablet to replace your laptop,’ meant for business users who preferred the mobility of a tablet, without sacrificing the functionality of a laptop.

It’s not just Apple, IBM and Microsoft that are focused on the enterprise, recently Samsung and Fujitsu also launched enterprise-specific tablets. All these tech players are also offering dedicated support programs to help keep their customer’s IT operations running effectively. As Tobi Schneidler, founder and CEO of Bouncepad aptly says, “The reason why tablets haven’t been more prevalent in the enterprise has never hinged on the form factor, but rather the ability to improve workflow and collaborate with existing systems. What we’re seeing now – and will continue to see – are partnerships and innovations intended to break down those barriers and make it easier to leverage tablets in the enterprise.”