Enabling mobile working for 1,800 dispersed staff would be daunting for any organisation, but in the public healthcare sector it’s an even tougher challenge. For Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, the security of business information is paramount.
The Trust provides mental health services throughout the second-largest UK city and its surroundings; an area of more than 170 square miles. To maintain the best level of patient care possible, the Trust has to ensure healthcare professionals have timely access to business data and applications from more than 60 fixed sites, as well as when they’re out and about in the community.
“The challenges are huge for us. We have to ensure information is available securely to our staff, including psychiatric nurses and medical teams, wherever they are – whether that’s at a patient’s home, in a GP surgery or at a hospital,” says head of ICT, Shakil Patel.
The Trust is rolling out BlackBerry® Z10, Q10 and Q5 smartphones on 4GEE to 1,800 staff to provide the best possible mobile speed and user experience. All devices are managed by the latest version of BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 in order to give clinicians throughout Birmingham and Solihull unparalleled end-to-end security.
The BlackBerry® BalanceTM feature on BlackBerry 10 devices separates work and personal information and ensures NHS applications and data are kept separate and secure from personal applications on the device. It gives employees the freedom and privacy they want for their personal use at no cost to the Trust, while meeting the security and management needs of the organisation.
This easy-to-use feature makes switching between personal and work spaces simple for employees. Similarly, it’s much easier for the IT department to maintain data integrity between the user’s work and personal domains.
From the Ashes of Mobile, Blackberry's Unlikely Comeback
By Leo Sun | More Articles | Save For Later
July 12, 2014 | Comments (0)
BlackBerry (NASDAQ: BBRY ) is usually known as the fallen smartphone giant that Apple and Google obliterated over the past few years. Indeed, that fall was epic: BlackBerry's global market share in smartphones plunged from 50% in 2009 to less than 1% at the end of 2013.
Yet not all hope is lost for BlackBerry. Although BlackBerry has failed to stage a comeback in high-end smartphones, it is still investing in other growing markets, such as health care.
In April, BlackBerry acquired a minority stake in U.S. health tech firm NantHealth, which the company will work with to launch a health care services platform for hospitals in India. The platform is currently installed at roughly 250 hospitals across the world and connects to over 16,000 medical devices which collect more than 3 billion vital signs per year. The system collects patient data in a cloud-based server, and utilizes that knowledge base for decision support, analytics, payment systems, and other purposes.
It's all about QNX
NantHealth's platform will run on QNX, BlackBerry's embedded operating system. QNX not only powers BB10 devices, but it is installed in Internet routers, flight simulators, air traffic control systems, shipping navigation systems, medical imaging devices, and many other machines. QNX also powers over half of all car infotainment systems worldwide, and both Apple's CarPlay and Google's Android Auto mirroring systems run on top of QNX.
QNX is popular for two reasons: flexibility and security. QNX is compatible with a wide array of open source technologies -- such as Android, Java, HTML5, and OpenGL ES -- making it an easy platform to develop applications for. Meanwhile, the fact that BlackBerries currently account for 90% of the U.S. military's mobile devices proves the security of QNX.
Way until the launch the Passport in September. I expect a huge reception for the Passport from Governments, Health, most verticals, businesses and pro-consumers.
By James Richardson on 12 Jul 2014 05:32 am EDT
We have seen a nice increase in BlackBerry publicising new enterprise customers recently and they are at it again, this time with a UK NHS (National Health Service) trust. In the medical field security has to be paramount due to patient confidentiality so BlackBerry seems the sensible platform of choice.
The video demonstrates how Aneurin Bevan University Health Board (ABUHB) has risen above these challenges to deliver a truly mobile environment with BES10.
Supporting both Corporately Owned Privately Enabled (COPE) devices and a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) policy, ABUHB still maintains their lowest total cost of ownership with BES10. In addition BlackBerry 10 and BES10 have helped to increase productivity and user satisfaction by allowing secure access to shared drives and applications such as BBM.
You freak! Don't you get it, I bought a ton of long-term calls back in March and April just before the earnings call when they were really, really cheap. I make my own investment decisions.
The "Fast Money" traders share their final trades of the day.
Tim Seymour is a buyer of TBT.
Jim Lebenthal is a seller of crude oil.
Dan Nathan is a buyer of CSCO.
Brian Kelly is a buyer of BBRY calls.
Mike Santoli is a buyer of PETM.
Stephanie Link is a buyer of ETN.
..for the next 3 years. Who is ahead?
Not really the best...I only wish I was. I just Call this one right at $5.50 and then on $7.10. We now have just another $88.00 to go before Chen even considers an offer. BTW, I also have had some really bad calls. It's part of the game. You win some and you lose some. So far I'm way ahead.
By Chris Umiastowski on 11 Jul 2014 02:05 pm EDT
In the weeks since BlackBerry's latest earnings announcement the stock has climbed significantly higher. It was trading in the $8 range (all figures in USD) prior to the quarterly news, and has now advanced to $11.43 as I write this. This week the stock reached a high of $11.63, which is very close to the company's 52-week high of $12.18.
Momentum traders like to see stocks making new 52-week highs, so if BlackBerry can set a new high it will cause a flurry of headlines. Does any of this mean the turnaround plan is more on plan or less on plan? No, not really. But when a company is turning around it's certainly better to see Wall Street buying into that plan rather than being dismissive of it. As much as we'd often prefer it not to be the case, news does matter. People read the news and they believe what they read, whether it be positive or negative. Would-be buyers make decisions on headlines. BlackBerry really could use some more good press.
Why is the stock rising? The most obvious reason is the June 28th financial results that we wrote about already. But during that week the stock climbed only to about $10. The rally has continued into July, with the stock rising another 14%. I'm not saying the additional move should be connected to the CrackBerry Passport pre-review, but it's possible given the traffic we've seen to that post.
I generally prefer not to discuss short-term stock movements because I find them unproductive and full of useless guesses. But right now BlackBerry is in the midst of a turnaround and I am thrilled to see the stock approaching a new 52-week high. Let's wish the company continued success throughout 2014. We have a lot to look forward to with the release of new hardware, new OS updates and new BES software.
...help the shorts short more at and ever increasing high.
BlackBerry is no longer taking sign ups for the closed beta test of its upcoming BBM app for Windows Phone, with users now being asked to register for a waitlist.
This news, which was not unexpected, comes less than 24 hours after BlackBerry started taking signups for the Windows Phone BBM beta test. It's currently unknown just how many people were accepted into the beta test.
While the app is available in the Windows Phone Store only people who have been picked to participate in the closed beta test will be able to download and use the app. So far, there's no word on when the actual beta test will begin. We hope to get access to the early version of the BBM in the very near future for our own hands-on impressions.
Thanks to Ryan for the tip!
Source: BlackBerry Beta Zone
All longs should listen to the AOL CEO video and Medias Letter's James Wes interview imbedded in the article. Both truly very positive for the long-term rise of BlackBerry shares.
More and more Governments and enterprises will migrate to BES and BlackBerry devices...pro-consumers will follow.
...moving to BlackBerry.
They will soon have productive, secured and flashy handsets.
Is BlackBerry Stock Finally a ‘Buy’?
This all leads to the question, is BalckBerry now a ‘buy’? It certainly is according to some people. In an interview with Damian Wojcichowsky, senior technology analyst with Jacob Securities in Toronto, the case was made that new BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s turnaround strategy was indeed just that.
Listen to the interview with Jacob Securities Technology Analyst Damian Wojcichowsky discussing BlackBerry CEO John Chen’s turnaround strategy:
According to Wojcichowsky, “I mentioned that the bears focus in on the hardware business and whether or not they’re going to resume selling devices. I think that’s the wrong way to look at it. I think you want to look at where QNX is selling through – we heard the Ford announcement that they’re ripping out Microsoft and using QNX in their automobiles. That announcement on its own put Blackberry through QNX into something like 70% of the automobiles that are being sold out there. Those are good numbers. Those are things that I don’t think are being reflected in the stock price at this point.”
BlackBerry stock is up 56% since touching a low of $7.82 back in April 2014. While the company is not out of the woods yet, it certainly looks like the strategy to focus on business users is having the desired effect. It’s certainly working on me.
Time to Ditch Apple Inc. iPhone and Go Back to BlackBerry Ltd. (and Buy the Stock too)
Written By: James Wes
July 9, 2014
It’s been a really swell party, with me and my 3 generations of Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPhones. But it’s time to go back to the grown-ups world of BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSE:BB). After 4 years with an iPhone, there’s one key reality that has dawned on my daily for just about the last year: If you want a toy, buy an iPhone. But if you want a tool, you need BlackBerry.
I first ventured into iPhone land after my BlackBerry tumbled out of my pocked and into a sewer as I was tumbling into a cab after a raucous night in downtown Toronto. At the time, I was particularly open to the idea because I was in a new relationship with my Macbook Pro, which, after 20 years as a Microsoft drone was like waking up out of a coma. Apple, at the time, was making all the right moves under Steve Jobs, and BlackBerry was just embarking on a downward spiral which has only recently reversed course.