RIM just introduced Mobile Fusion in May of this year and it looks like that name will be going away in 2013 and replaced with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Jeff Holleran, RIM’s Senior Director for Enterprise Product Management, wrote up a great follow up to his ActiveSync explanation this time focusing on the next six months of enterprise solutions from RIM. Here are some of the highlights:
- At the initial launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 companies will need a separate server for BES 5.x deployments with BlackBerry Device Service and Universal device services being able to be virtualized on the same machine just like Mobile Fusion does now.
- A scheduled upgrade is set for BlackBerry World in May 2013 where they will consolidate BlackBerry Device Service and Universal Device Service into one component.
- That same upgrade will allow BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Servers (BES 5.0.3) to run on the same physical server.
- BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is a consolidation of all of RIM’s enterprise management products and will integrate with current BES deployments at launch. That will allow you to manage BlackBerry 7, BlackBerry 10, PlayBook, iOS, and Android devices.
- BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 is scheduled to launch with the first BlackBerry 10 device in Q1 of 2013
- During 2013 RIM will rename BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, BlackBerry Device Service, and Universal Device Service into just BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10
Not too much detail in there but still good to know. What I really want to know is what IT Policies and Management configurations RIM will support at launch of BlackBerry 10. Those IT Policies are where RIM really shines in the enterprise and government sectors. Check out the details of Holleran’s update here.
PS: What do you guys think of RIM continuing the same BES acronym for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10? Will it be confusing or will it streamline conversation?