BlackBerry announced Thursday morning the creation of a new Cloud oriented business powered by QNX Software Systems. The new initiative will see Alec Saunders take the reins as VP of QNX Cloud business.

The news was posted to the Inside BlackBerry Blog and describes the new Cloud business as follows.

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). [Source]

Saunders will lead the charge after a long running stint as VP of Developer Relations, where many would say he helped shape the app community we now know on BlackBerry 10.

Marty Malick will take on Saunder’s Developer Relations duties in addition to his current Business Development and BlackBerry World responsibilities.

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