Companies looking beyond BlackBerry provide boon for MDM vendors

News of the failure of a buyout deal for BlackBerry may benefit mobile-device-management vendors, Tom Kaneshige writes. AirWatch and MobileIron are among the vendors looking to capitalize by delivering a service that helps companies migrate from BlackBerry to a multi-platform system. Separately, BlackBerry said it will focus on its software business, putting its servers at the center of an enterprise-device-management platform, Ovum's Jan Dawson says. "The value of the software depends upon a large installed base of BlackBerry devices," Dawson says.

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