BlackBerry agrees purchase of Good Technology

BlackBerry agrees purchase of Good Technology

BlackBerry is to acquire Good Technology after the companies entered into a definitive agreement to absorb the latter into BlackBerry's ongoing mobile enterprise plans.

According to BlackBerry, it is aiming to offer customers the most complete, end-to-end solution that secures the entire mobile enterprise across every platform, and the acquisition of Good will go some way to achieving this.

A key reason for securing the deal is the ability to harness Good's in-house technology, which can be integrated with BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio and global network.

The combination of the two also makes sense, according to BlackBerry, which says its product platform and the Good Dynamics Platform are complementary to each other.

"BlackBerry’s leadership in MDM, application management and secure connectivity combined with Good’s leadership in mobile containers, productivity suite, service management and SDKs will create a higher-value product stack with the capability to expand well beyond EMM collaboration and application enablement," BlackBerry stated.

The acquisition of Good will also expand the company's ability to offer a unified, secure mobility platform with applications for any mobile device on any operating system, along with security support certified by global governments, BlackBerry says.

In the longer term, BlackBerry forecasts an extension of its portfolio with the addition of more than 2,000 ISV and custom apps that are supported by Good on Good Dynamics and through its partner program.

The two companies expect the sale to be completed in BlackBerry’s 2016 fiscal third quarter, which will end in late November.