In November we posted a report titled "BlackBerry and Samsung Form Alliance to Challenge Apple-IBM." It marked the very first time that the two companies had teamed up for a major product. The new partnership was designed to compete head-on with the new Apple-IBM alliance. Last night it was reported that the two companies are working on a second project that's out to challenge the iPad in the enterprise and oddly IBM has joined this alliance in spite of their alliance with Apple on MobileFirst.
It was reported from CeBIT 2015 trade show late yesterday that "Secusmart, a BlackBerry company, is presenting with IBM at CeBIT 2015, the SecuTABLET, a high-security tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5. With the new secure tablet for national and international public sector markets and enterprises, data that is subject to special security requirements can be used on the move. Personal applications or those that are not additionally secured, such as Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and WhatsApp, can also be used.
Dr. Hans-Christoph Quelle, CEO of Secusmart GmbH stated that "Security is ingrained in every part of BlackBerry's portfolio, which includes voice and data encryption solutions. National and international government customers have entrusted their voice and data communications with the Secusmart Security Card for years. This same technology is what secures the new SecuTABLET. Working alongside IBM and Samsung, we have added the last link in the chain of the Federal Security Network.Subject to certification of the SecuTABLET, German government agencies will have a new way to access BlackBerry's most secure and complete communications network in the world."
The IBM Institute for Business Value (IBV) study on Mobility Impact notes that 63 percent of public sector respondents would appreciate mobile access to their specialized applications like budget and controlling. These data are subject to special security requirements. Access via conventional mobile devices is ruled out.
IBM has provided the secure app wrapping technology for the SecuTABLET, and assists in implementing the high security solutions by Secusmart within the infrastructures of the various clients inside the governmental sector.
It's unknown at this time if "the secure app wrapping technology" is integrated into the MobileFirst apps being designed for the enterprise by Apple and IBM.