COBO - you are going to hear this

by Volker Weber


You may think that BlackBerry is toast. After all, sales of BlackBerry 10 devices are in decline. But not so fast. There are companies out there who push back on BYOD, and especially Android. I have one example, which still has some company owned iPads around. And with some I mean hundreds and thousands. But as far as company issued smartphones are concerned, it's going to be BlackBerry, in full lockdown. No Facebook nonsense, no BlackBerry Balance.

Sounds backwards? Well, once you control the device and can trust it, it opens up new opportunities, for instance encrypted messaging with trusted partners. Messaging with people you know are real and not just some handle. Getting out of the BYOD space also allows you to manage and trust all devices, PCs, tablets, smartphones and allow something like BlackBerry Blend without opening up security holes.

Interesting tidbit: Passport, Classic or Leap? Most BlackBerry users pick the Classic, if they can. Even over a company issued iPhone in full lockdown. Yes, they are different. They wear three piece suits to work.

COBO - Company Owned, Business Only. It's not dead. It's just a secure way of life.


Three piece suits? I don't even own a waistcoat. :o

Daniel Haferkorn, 2015-06-26

You want some serious security when you're colluding to impact the LIBOR.

Craig Wiseman, 2015-06-26

True. But bitter reality of COBO means Blackberry 7 device, some dated BOLD device with tiny screen. And COBO also often means you a second private phone for travel essentials (Boarding passes, car2go, Navigation, etc...). Really not much fun to somehow get work done with this.

Jens Nullmeyer, 2015-06-26

Jens, yes it means a private phone. And no, it does not necessarily mean a Bold.

Volker Weber, 2015-06-26

There is an inmense PLUS to this: After work you switch the COBO phone OFF.
Not that anyone would do this, but it is an option.

Jörg Hermann, 2015-06-26

What are the arguments against BlackBerry Balance with access to corporate Networks only (VPN based) using the Business/work Perimeter (controlled by BES)?

Christian Henseler, 2015-06-26

Devices have only the business perimeter. That's the BO in COBO. Business Perimeter does not require VPN setup. That's already handled by BES.

Volker Weber, 2015-06-26

Habe heute, gezwungenermaßen, zum ersten Mal BlackBerry Blend genutzt- was für ein phantastisches Programm! Selbst die Batterie kann ich ablesen (immer noch 62% nach einem langen Tag). Gibt es etwas Vergleichbares in iOS, Android oder Windows Phone?

Jochen Kattoll, 2015-07-01

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