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Since its launch few months ago, latest reports have indicated that more than 800,000 BES10 client access licenses have been issued to customers worldwide, according to Strategy Analytics
BlackBerry program, which provides free license migration and support for BlackBerry customers to move from BES5 and other MDM platforms to BES10.
The enterprises participating in the program represent a cross-section of industries from financial services and healthcare, to telecommunications and government organizations to BES10 include customers using other MDM vendors such as Air Watch, MobileIron and Good Technology.
BlackBerry EZ Pass migration program
TheBlackBerry EZ P as migration program is designed to help customers take full advantage of the BES10 multi-platform solution by seamlessly migrating from BES5 and includes access to BlackBerry’stechnical support services.
In a similar development, according to a report by the global market research firm Strategy Analytics
BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10) is the most cost effective multi-platform enterprise mobility management solution.
“Our detailed report found that the pricing offered by BES10 creates a lowest-cost migration path from a TCO perspective.
“We attribute this to multiple factors, including the Enterprise Server License Trade-up program, the impact of BlackBerry Software Assurance across its Advanced and Premium support categories, and new tiered support categories.”Andrew Brown, Executive Director, Enterprise Research at Strategy Analytics, said.
According to the Strategy Analytics report, “Enterprise Mobility Management: A review of Total Cost of Ownership,”found that BES10 is the lowest cost Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution based on a five year total cost of ownership (TCO). Migrating from BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 (BES5) to a BlackBerry competitor is, on average, more than double the cost over 5 years thanmigrating from BES5 to BES10.
The Strategy Analytics report further noted that the “all inclusive” nature of the BlackBerry offering provides a tangible cost advantage which is then sustained throughout the TCO period.
“BlackBerry customers consistently tell us thatcost, coupled with world-class security, is a top priority when choosing a multi-platform mobility management partner,” John Sims, President, Global Enterprise Solutions, BlackBerry, said, adding that, “The report exemplifies why BlackBerry is the only company that can support the full range of EMM requirements, from the most secure to the most open BYOD environments. Customers also recognize the additional security provided from our global NOC infrastructure. No other company has this range of capabilities and we will work diligently to earn the trust of enterprise customers globally.”
Strategy Analytics analyzed the TCO of each solution and took into consideration multiple cost drivers, implementation, support and payment scenarios for enterprises migrating from BES5 to BES10 or to other mobility management platforms, as well as enterprises adopting anEMM solution for the first time.Based on the report, BlackBerry ranked the strongest in these categories:
*Lowest TCO for commercial EMM deployments: BlackBerry offers an implementation and service package that is substantially cheaper than any of its competitors for the EMM package. (See Figure 1)
*Lowest TCO for EMM deployments in regulated and high-security environments: Even in a fully regulated environment where BlackBerry offers the highest form of security, it also proves to be the lowest cost solution based on a 5 year TCO.
*Highest security:CIOs and IT decision makers listed BlackBerryas the most securesolution. The report concluded that competitors do not offer the same level of IT policies and compliance controls as BlackBerryand cannot deliver a similar end-to-end security model.
*Scope of EMM capabilities: BES10 offers the most comprehensive set of capabilities for the broadest range of customers, including regulated, enterprise and SMBs.