One of the interesting moves BlackBerry has made with the upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.1 is make a stronger play for the Mobile Device Management (MDM) space. This is a highly contested space currently which BlackBerry has dominated for almost a decade. BlackBerry started supporting iOS and Android device management with the launch of Mobile Fusion and then BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 but the bigger picture is coming with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 service pack 1 (aka BES 10.1). You might have read a bit about it in the leaked details we posted earlier (thanks BB10.ch) but here is some more context.
The new BES 10.1 will allow for secure workspaces on Android and iOS. This will sort of be like Good and Touchdown on steroids with your work email, contacts, calendar, notes, tasks, and internal browser inside a secure container. Companies will also be able to push out business apps that can run inside this container though I am not sure if they will be native apps. On top of that the secure container and apps installed through it will have access to your corporate network without a VPN which is key for battery life. They will work through BlackBerry’s NOC data centers and will connect back to your BES 10 and mail servers that way like legacy BlackBerrys.
In other words BlackBerry is going to try to push as much security and BYOD management onto iOS and Android devices as they possibly can. This is interesting since some analysts were afraid that BlackBerry would cripple or not push the envelope when managing competing platforms. Its good to see that they are moving full steam ahead.
PS: Both BES 10.1 and BlackBerry OS 10.1 are slated for a May launch so this stuff is coming soon!