BlackBerry Goes Down Under

— March 12, 2014

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) and Questas, a professional services company, have selected BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) as their enterprise mobility solution.

At the same time, an independent report by Australian ICT research firm Telsyte, found that BlackBerry was the “most widely implemented MDM solution” in Australia in 2013—one in five businesses (with 20 or more employees) with an MDM solution in place use BlackBerry. 

According to the company, BlackBerry has seen 65% of its Australia’s customer base migrate to or are trialing BES10 since its launch, including verticals such as government, finance, mining and professional services.

The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO)
ANAO is a specialist federal government department that provides auditing services for the Australian Parliament. In addition to selecting BlackBerry 10 smartphones, ANAO is managing multiple mobile platforms using BES10 and BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS and Android devices, which creates a secure container on the device to access corporate data and enables the IT department to manage the devices along with BlackBerry smartphones.

Gary Pettigrove, CIO of ANAO said, "As a department that sets best practices for others, it is important that we deliver a mobile strategy that meets our strict security requirements, but also drives productivity through real-time communications and enabling choice for our employees. About 86% of our workforce is mobile and needs to work fast and flexibly across multiple functions of Parliament, whilst maintaining the integrity and security of national information. By enabling and protecting our workforce with control over the use of work and personal data, we are driving significant efficiencies among our workforce whilst leveraging the capabilities of BES10.”

This professional services company has opted for BlackBerry smartphones due to the company’s stringent security needs. Chief Information Officer, Ferdinando Cosentino said, “Questas provides centralized corporate services for a diverse network of sites all over Australia, so the ability to configure and secure our mobile devices remotely is essential for our ICT strategy. We looked into other mobile providers, however we found BlackBerry provided the level of security our business needs at both the device and network level, and is able to optimally satisfy our mobile requirements, while catering for other platforms as well.”

Matthew Ball, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand at BlackBerry said, “While we continue to win the trust of Australian government departments, we are also seeing significant traction in other regulated and private industries that want to enable workforce mobility with multiple devices, while maintaining company IP and data is protected and secure. We are looking forward to working with our partners and customers in the region in 2014 as we continue BlackBerry’s global enterprise momentum.”


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