1. EchoTango's Avatar
    So, is this acquisition going to ad to Blackberry's unique corporate solution or become just another non-performing investment ?

    I do like the platform agnostic aspect of this software as in theory, as long as you have the software at both ends, the storage and transport is immaterial. This negates the need for OS level integration/permissions and is deployable immediately.

    I just wonder at the Israeli aspect of the this.....the middle east clients will surely take note.

    By The Canadian Press
    WATERLOO, Ont. - BlackBerry Ltd. (NASDAQ:BBRY - News) (TSX:BB.TO - News) says it has a definitive agreement to buy WatchDox Ltd. for an undisclosed price.
    WatchDox products are designed to give organizations control over how files are edited, copied, printed or forwarded from mobile and desktop devices.
    Among other things, WatchDox gives administrators the ability to lock or remove access to files compromised in a data breach.
    The company has its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif., and a research centre in Israel, which is expected to become the basis of a new security-focused BlackBerry R&D centre.
    BlackBerry says the WatchDox technology will be offered as a value-added service and available with its BlackBerry Enterprise Server software, one of the smartphone company's main products for organizations.
    04-21-15 10:24 AM
  2. AnimalPak200's Avatar
    Israel actually has lots of security related firms. Many patents related to data security are filed by companies in Israel.

    In Latin America most wealthy business people and even politicians rely on Israeli-based physical security (bodyguards, etc) teams.

    Seems like they are considered to be some of the best, so why shouldn't BlackBerry go for the creme de la creme of data security (if that's really what Watchdog is), regardless of some decades old religio-political conflict between people that will never be satisfied until the other stops to exist.

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    04-21-15 10:38 AM
  3. BCITMike's Avatar
    Israel = security.

    It's like if a technology company is starting and needs the best, they go to Silicon Valley. For security, there's labs and universities galore with ph.d's up the wazoo in Israel.


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    04-21-15 03:21 PM
  4. Ment's Avatar
    Short term, the acquisition doesn't provide that much revenue but it has large growth potential tied to other BB products so its a good get.
    04-21-15 03:23 PM
  5. dosto's Avatar
    I like the acquisition. It seems to add to Blackberry's already strong position in the security/privacy realm, which will only continue to gain marketshare in the coming months/years considering the continued revelations of the blatant disregard for privacy/security that many companies/countries have.

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    04-22-15 06:30 AM
  6. nt300's Avatar
    Hopefully they can integrate this into the companies BES12 setup. This is a nail in the competition's coffin if anything. Look at the bright picture of the situation.

    Quote:
    WatchDox is DOCUMENT level security. It gives document publisher controls over viewing,time of viewing,editing tracking and remote capabilities....even if an email is secured by BlackBerry what stops an employee from printing, editing,sharing a document? WatchDox does..
    04-22-15 10:07 AM
  7. EchoTango's Avatar
    "Morgan Stanley analysts are out with a warning on BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ: BBRY): the company is "acquiring revenue to make software revenue targets.""

    Morgan Stanley seems to think this is some sort of crime !

    Of course BBRY is acquiring companies to grow their revenues. Why else would they make the purchase ? The point is that Blackberry can integrate the technology into it's product set and sell far more copies than the stand-alone company ever could. Think about what they've just added :

    Secusmart - Voice encrytion
    Movirtu - Soft sim technology
    WatchDox - Content encryption

    You can see how they're pushing the security envelope outward from the already industry leading secure core. My frustration is that they just can't seem to put it all together into a product package that brings the "wow" factor to Blackberry and reignite market interest.
    04-22-15 11:57 AM
  8. AnimalPak200's Avatar
    Hopefully they can integrate this into the companies BES12 setup. This is a nail in the competition's coffin if anything. Look at the bright picture of the situation.

    Quote:
    WatchDox is DOCUMENT level security. It gives document publisher controls over viewing,time of viewing,editing tracking and remote capabilities....even if an email is secured by BlackBerry what stops an employee from printing, editing,sharing a document? WatchDox does..
    That sounds pretty sweet... wonder how robust it really is (copy/paste, screen shots, taking a photo of a computer screen, etc?)

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    04-23-15 07:29 AM
  9. Prem WatsApp's Avatar
    This could be an awesome addition if executed properly... :-)

      Passposted while waiting for the Z-lider....  
    04-23-15 05:38 PM
  10. AluminiumRims's Avatar
    I hope this will be something that is not installed by default. Basically, these kind of solutions are intended for corporate employee phones where you have to install some certificate in order to watch the document you just downloaded from the company server. For consumers it will just be something that is never used. Unless, Blackerry can make a business out of this by selling viewing rights through their store (purchased media like papers).

    In all I see this acquisition as another step towards providing companies security solutions.
    04-25-15 02:26 AM

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