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BlackBerry Previews Their New Cloud Enterprise MDM for Cross Platform Deployments

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With BlackBerry putting BES in the cloud it is a no brainer for them to include hosted support for iOS and Android management. They have just previewed the new system at Gartner Symopsium. This is the same Gartner that is recommending people have a plan for moving away from BES. Still BlackBerry is moving fast on this with the release scheduled for November. Check out the details below at at www.blackberry.com/cloud:

BlackBerry Previews New Cloud-based Enterprise Mobility Management Solution

Solution provides cross-platform enterprise mobility management in the cloud

ORLANDO, FLORIDA–(Marketwired – Oct. 7, 2013) – GARTNER SYMPOSIUM/ITxpo – At Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013, BlackBerry(R) (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) today previewed a new multi-platform cloud-based enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution that will enable businesses to easily secure and manage corporate and personal devices. The new cloud-based EMM solution will give business the ease, flexibility and cost controls to support BYOD, allowing employees to enjoy the content and apps they demand, while maintaining the security requirements and productivity gains of mobilizing, for the organization.

Gartner predicts that half of employers will require employees to supply their own device for work purposes by 2017.(i) Gartner also predicts that through 2014, employee-owned devices will be compromised by malware at more than double the rate of corporate-owned devices(ii), putting device and app management high on the priority list for business and IT leaders alike. With BYOD growing every day, businesses need an EMM solution that is easy to deploy and manage, requires no big upfront costs, and satisfies the needs of their employees without compromising the businesses’ security requirements.

BlackBerry’s new multi-platform EMM cloud solution will offer businesses mobile device management (MDM), mobile application management (MAM), security standards, and self-service capabilities for the end-user. The solution will be available as a service, satisfying end-users, and business leaders and IT departments’ needs for an easy to deploy, easy to manage and highly cost effective solution for smartphone and tablet management.

"BlackBerry is evolving. As the industry has adopted BYOD and mixed mobile environments, we’ve responded with our multi-platform EMM solution," said Stephen Bates, Head of the Enterprise Business Unit at BlackBerry. "The new cloud-based EMM solution will bring all the benefits of our on-premise offering, which is trusted by more businesses and governments around the world than any other enterprise mobility solution, to customers as a cloud service that lets them easily manage BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices more cost efficiently than ever before."

The new cloud-based EMM solution will offer:

--  Simple and fast deployment. No server hardware or software to install,
    just register and go. 
--  Administrators can easily manage and secure smartphones and tablets. The
    simple Web-based admin console will provide easy activation and
    deployment of BlackBerry, iOS(R) and Android(TM) smartphones, app
    management, security policy configuration and compliance monitoring. 
--  Administrators can secure, deploy and manage apps. Administrators will
    be able to build a catalog of public apps from the App Store(SM), Google
    Play(TM) and the BlackBerry(R) World(TM) storefront, and then view app
    distribution and usage for all users and devices. 
--  End-users can manage their own devices through the self-service console.
    End-users will be able to easily perform common management tasks such as
    setting up or changing device passwords and remote wipe and lock without
    relying on an administrator, giving them independence and saving on
    helpdesk calls. 

As a service, the new cloud-based EMM solution will minimize the complexity of managing a fleet of disparate mobile devices, and will be beneficial for IT departments that are strained in today’s business environment, and essential for teams or businesses without an IT department. It will also eliminate the need for organizations to purchase any servers or software – administrators will simply register online then log in to the web-based management console to define users, enroll devices, set security controls, and deploy apps.

Closed beta testing for the new cloud-based EMM solution is already underway. The service will be available as a single monthly subscription that covers both the license and technical support, and is expected to be generally available by the end of November 2013. For more information, visit the BlackBerry booth at ITxpo located in the Atlantic Hall, Dolphin Convention Hall, booth #434 or visit www.blackberry.com/cloud.

BlackBerry will be presenting "The Best Device is Debatable – The Best Security is Not" session at ITxpo onMonday, October 7 from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. in Dolphin/Southern III.

About BlackBerry

A global leader in wireless innovation, BlackBerry(R) revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. BlackBerry is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market (NASDAQ:BBRY) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:BB). For more information, visitwww.blackberry.com.

About Gartner Symposium/ITxpo

Gartner Symposium/ITxpo is the world’s most important gathering of CIOs and senior IT executives. This event delivers independent and objective content with the authority and weight of the world’s leading IT research and advisory organization, and provides access to the latest solutions from key technology providers. Gartner’s annual Symposium/ITxpo events are key components of attendees’ annual planning efforts. IT executives rely on Gartner Symposium/ITxpo to gain insight into how their organizations can use IT to address business challenges and improve operational efficiency. For more information, please visit www.gartner.com/us/symposium.

(i)   Gartner, "Bring Your Own Device: The Facts and the Future" by David A.
      Willis, April 11, 2013.                                               
(ii)  Gartner, Top Predictions for IT organisations and Users, 2013 and     
      Beyond: Balancing Economics, Risk, Opportunity, and Innovation,       
      October 19, 2012.                                                     
4 total comments on this postSubmit your comment!
  1. Meraki seem to be the choice of the day for cloud based MDM. Can BlackBerry compete?

    • Meraki doesn’t support BlackBerry, so it’s a non-starter for quite a few organisations which need a MDM.
      Also, iOS users can remove Meraki from their device, so if BB can find a way to make it stick, I’d say they have an advantage

  2. MDM is only one aspect of BYOD management. But what about helping IT staff support a wide range of devices, or ensuring that employees can connect to their work applications?

    What’s needed is a way to deliver applications to all types of devices while minimizing hassles for IT. For example, Ericom’s AccessNow HTML5 RDP client enables remote users to securely connect from iPads, iPhones, Android devices, Chromebooks and more traditional laptops and PCs to any RDP host, including Terminal Server and VDI virtual desktops, and run their applications and desktops in a browser. AccessNow doesn’t require any software installation on the end user device – just an HTML5 browser, connection and login credentials. An employee that brings in their own device merely opens their HTML5-compatible browser and connects to the URL given them by the IT admin.

    Visit http://www.ericom.com/BYOD_Workplace.asp?URL_ID=708 for more info.

    Please note that I work for Ericom

    • This is not a realistic solution for people who need to get things done, away from their desk.
      Nobody wants to use a desktop environment via taps on a 5″ screen. It’s OK to launch that presentation that can’t be sent via email I guess, but I don’t see that many use cases.

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