BlackBerry CEO's plans beyond new enterprise platform

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BlackBerry, Samsung strike deal

BlackBerry is in the midst of a turnaround and has plans beyond its new mobile device management platform and the upcoming release of its classic phone, its CEO told CNBC Thursday.

"We have a lot of pipeline, both in our internal development of the technology. We might do some acquisition," BlackBerry CEO John Chen said in an interview with "Closing Bell."

"We will partner quite a bit, especially in the analytic space."

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John Chen, chief executive officer of BlackBerry.
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BlackBerry shares closed almost 8 percent higher Thursday after the company announced its new enterprise strategy and partnerships with Samsung and 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 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.

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The company will also debut a classic phone on Dec. 17 that Chen said is really a combination of old and new. It will have the keyboard people want but "the guts of it and a lot of the software are very, very innovative."

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Chen, who took the helm of the smartphone-maker in November 2013, said things are looking better for the company, although he admitted there is still work to be done.

"The company is financially very stable now. I still have to get ourselves making money and breaking even and … generating cash from operations. All these milestones will happen," he said.

BlackBerry shares are up about 50 percent this year.

—Reuters contributed to this story.