QNX Software Systems launches new Cloud Business to Power the Internet of Things

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John Chen, the CEO of BlackBerry announced today on the Inside BlackBerry Blog that QNX will be launching a new Cloud Business to power the Internet of Things.

John Chen explains how he thinks it’s important to create technologies that not only connects people to people, but devices to devices. He also goes on to say how BlackBerry may want to connect to 5 billion handsets, there’s an estimate of 500 billion devices which QNX has the experience and track record of taking care of.

Not only that, but well known BlackBerry VP Developer Relations Alec Saunders is leading the new group as Vice President of the QNX Cloud Business. Also, Marty Mallick has been bumped up to Vice President of of Global Alliances and Eco Systems, combining both Developer Relations and current roles (BlackBerry World, Business Development responsibilities)

John Chen isn’t playing around. I’m looking forward to seeing where this will take QNX and BlackBerry in the future.

John Chen will share more information regarding this new Cloud business in the coming months as work progresses.

Read the full post below:

As BlackBerry continues to transform its business by building a world-class team and bringing even greater focus to the company, I’m happy to announce the formation of QNX Software Systems’ new Cloud business.

In this growing, connected world, it’s more important than ever to create technologies that not only connect people to people, but that connect to machines and devices for greater communication and interaction. BlackBerry and QNX have a long history of developing solutions that do just that. Solutions that connect and support the Internet of Things, including embedded platforms, networks and devices, are at the heart of what QNX delivers. Consider this – while there are 5 billion handsets in the world that we want to connect to, there may be 500 billion devices out there that present a tremendous opportunity for an organization with the experience and track record of QNX. I’m thrilled to create a group within QNX that will be dedicated to bringing these solutions to market in a timely and cohesive manner. This business is being established alongside our existing organizations that serve the embedded market (including general embedded and automotive).

Alec Saunders will lead this new group as Vice President of the QNX Cloud business. I am confident Alec will be successful in his new position given his previous experience in helping to build BlackBerry’s dedicated developer community and growing the BlackBerry application ecosystem as Vice President of Developer Relations and Ecosystem Development. Alec is returning to his roots, as he previously held the VP Marketing role at QNX from 2001 to 2002.

In addition, Marty Mallick has been appointed Vice President, Global Alliances and Ecosystems, which combines Developer Relations with his current Business Development and BlackBerry World responsibilities. Having worked closely with Alec on the evolution of our ecosystem, there is no better person than Marty to continue to advance this work. Marty’s expertise will allow him to work with partners and developers to make BlackBerry 10 users even more productive and efficient.

These changes underscore our continued efforts to drive collaboration across BlackBerry operating units, while leveraging top internal talent to help seize emerging business opportunities. I look forward to sharing more information about our Cloud team at QNX in the coming months as their work progresses.

Source: Inside BlackBerry