BlackBerry shares closed almost 8 percent higher Thursday after the company announced its new enterprise strategy and partnerships with Samsung and Salesforce.com aimed at bolstering its device security and management business.
"The whole partner program has always been a dream of ours," Chen said. "We know we have to expand our ecosystem. We know we need help from the carriers, the distributors, the ISVs (independent software vendors) like Salesforce.com and technology partnership like Samsung."
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The BlackBerry Enterprise Service, or BES 12, will allow big clients like corporations and government agencies to manage and secure not just BlackBerry devices on their internal networks, but those that run on rival operating systems such as Google's Android and Apple's iOS.
"This is a platform that is going to last us for a very, very long time. We can build a lot of great, great technology on top of that," Chen said.