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RIM Finally Details Features of BlackBerry Balance

BlackBerry Balance

RIM has mentioned BlackBerry Balance a few times as a solution for employee owned phones but even in their announcement yesterday it was a little light on details. They have corrected that a bit with a new landing page on their website at www.blackberry.com/balance. The new page details how different apps are classified and how they handle the separation of data between work and personal uses. It is kind of cool as a feature but is limited to OS 6.0+ devices on BES (Out now) or BES Express (coming this month) 5.0.3.

If you are interested in the solution I would recommend checking out www.blackberry.com/balance or their blog post about the update.

Here are some of the details:

BlackBerry Balance technology benefits

  • Improve employee satisfaction and productivity
  • Allow use of personal and business apps without compromising security
  • Secure business information on employee-owned devices
  • Manage IT policies that define a line between work and personal data
  • Use existing infrastructure with minimal upgrade requirements

System requirements

To leverage BlackBerry Balance technology, your organization will need the following:

  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0.3 or later
  • BlackBerry smartphones running a supported version of BlackBerry® Device Software version 6.0

BlackBerry Balance features

  • Classify enterprise and personal data and applications
  • Restrict access to enterprise data from within social networking apps
  • Perform an enterprise data wipe with no impact to personal data
  • Access the personal phone when the BlackBerry smartphone is enterprise locked
  • Prevent copy paste from an enterprise application to a personal application
  • Grant role-based administration permission to:
    • Delete all device data and disassociate the device from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server
    • Delete only the enterprise data and disassociate the device from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server
  • Segregate and control personal versus corporate-liable users

And here are some of the resources:

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