BlackBerry Highlights at CTIA 2014: News, Speaking Sessions and Awards

 BlackBerry President of Enterprise Services John Sims is interviewed by Reuters reporter Alina Selyukh during Studio C at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week.

BlackBerry President of Enterprise Services John Sims is interviewed by Reuters reporter Alina Selyukh during Studio C at CTIA’s Super Mobility Week.

Last week, BlackBerry was in Las Vegas for CTIA’s Super Mobility Week, North America’s largest forum for mobile innovations. It was a busy event for BlackBerry leaders, who participated in various keynotes and expert speaking sessions while discussing the biggest mobility trends today with our industry peers and partners.

If you weren’t able to attend the show, we wanted to share some highlights of BlackBerry news and activities at Super Mobility Week:

  • BlackBerry announced the acquisition of Movirtu. The acquisition will help BlackBerry improve BYOD and COPE policy management and billing, providing increased efficiency and convenience for enterprise customers. With Movirtu, we enable both a business number and a personal number to be used on a single mobile device, with separate billing for voice, data and messaging usage on each number. To read more about this exciting news, take a look at the press release and blog post.
  • BlackBerry President of Enterprise Services John Sims spoke at the exclusive CIO Summit Executive Luncheon. Sims was interviewed by Trevor Hughes, President & CEO of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), regarding today’s biggest mobile security and BYOD issues. During the discussion, Sims noted that: “At BlackBerry, security is our cornerstone. Our mobility solutions are in government agencies and enterprises around the world because customers trust the experience we’ve built over the decades.”
  • Jim Mackey, BlackBerry EVP of Corporate Development and Strategic Planning, named to CTIA Board of Directors. Mackey joins other industry leaders in a new term that begins in January 2015.
  • MobileCON highlights. Jeff Holleran, Michael K. Brown, Adam Stanley, Alec Saunders and Andrew Poliak held presentations educating audiences on various topics, including mobile strategies for vertical industries, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT) and enterprise app development.
  • John Sims’ was interviewed by Reuters for Studio C. CTIA’s Studio C sessions featured exclusive interviews with top C-Suite newsmakers. Sims was interviewed by Reuters’ technology and cyber policy reporter, Alina Selyukh, on BlackBerry’s turnaround, challenges in enterprise mobility and future growth opportunities.
  • BlackBerry media roundtable. John Sims and newly appointed President of BlackBerry Technology Solutions, Sandeep Chennakeshu, held a one-hour discussion and Q&A with business and trade media on the current and future state of enterprise mobility. Key highlights included:
    • “Everything we’re doing is to bring solutions for our enterprise customers,” said John Sims, one of BlackBerry’s chief lieutenants, at the wireless industry’s trade show in Las Vegas this week. – CNN Money
    • One such technology measures frequencies and power used by cellular antennas and is licensed to semiconductor companies. But BlackBerry also designs efficient antennas for its own use. “We’re well ahead on this technology,” Chennakeshu said. He also ticked off BlackBerry initiatives in elliptical curve cryptography to improve secure key efficiency, “which will be very useful for the Internet of Things.” Computerworld
    • “BES 12 will be a phenomenal product for managing iOS, Android and Windows Phone devices … We recognize that enterprises are quite diverse. We still have a strong base of enterprises users who use BlackBerry devices, but even those customers have a number of other devices as well,” John Sims, president of BlackBerry’s Global Enterprise Services, told a media roundtable held at CTIA Super Mobility Week on Wednesday. – FierceMobileIT
  • Sims, Brown and the Canadian delegation highlighted in the official “Show Daily” produced by Wireless Week. Sims’ two-page feature Q&A about BlackBerry’s turnaround and the evolving MDM space, while Brown’s presentation was highlighted as a can’t miss session. In addition, the Canadian delegation was featured in the second issue of the Show Daily and the head delegate, Mauricio Ospina, was quoted: “BlackBerry is probably Canada’s most well-known name in wireless … BlackBerry continues to make news and we are proud of BlackBerry and its history and the future that it has in front of it.”
  • BlackBerry solutions recognized with two CTIA awards. BlackBerry subsidiary QNX Software Systems won first place in the Connected Car category for the Hot for the Holidays Awards, which recognize the hottest mobile consumer electronics. BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 won second place in the Mobile Device Management category for the MobITs Awards, which feature the most innovative IT solutions that help companies secure their operations and improve their customers’ experience.

It was a great week for BlackBerry to assert its leadership in enterprise mobility. Did you attend Super Mobility Week? Let us know in the comments what you thought about this year’s CTIA show.


About Ali Rehman

@AliRehman81 is the Enterprise Social Marketing Manager at BlackBerry. He is involved in managing social media program for the B2B community. Also focusing on developing engagement and awareness across various social properties. Outside of work he is a massive aviation fan and big supporter of the 'Blue Angels (USN)' aerobatics team.

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