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Mobile Device Management (or MDM) applies to the OTA (over-the-air) control and distribution of applications and software for devices like phones and tablets. MDM controls the data and configuration settings for devices thus reducing costs and service needs within large enterprise environments.
OTA capabilities allow for admins to deploy applications and updates, control single or multiple devices at once, remotely lock & wipe devices and much more.
BlackBerry has announced that alternative mobile device management systems can now support BlackBerry 10. AirWatch, Citrix, and IBM are already showing interest in supporting BB10 in their respective MDM solutions. BlackBerry will of course continue to be offering BES as their own solution to businesses looking to wrangle Android, iOS, and BB10 devices.Continue Reading →
As more companies started allowing iOS (iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch) into the enterprise, a second trend of Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) also started to take hold. Companies adopted a BYOD policy allowing their employees to choose whatever device they wanted to, but had to agree to have that device managed and secured by their company’s Mobile Device Management (MDM) system.Continue Reading →
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Long time readers of CrackBerry will know the name and voice of Craig Johnston. Going back six years to February 2008, it was Craig Johnston who co-hosted CrackBerry Podcast Episode 001 with me. Craig was active on our podcasts for several years and occasionally would drop a post here on the blogs, imparting his immense knowledge of BlackBerry's history to our CrackBerry audience. Remember, Craig has been in the enterprise mobile space since 1999 and was a user of the original pre-BlackBerry device, the RIM 850.
Over his years working in enterprise mobile, Craig has managed BIG mobile device installations —we're talking over 40,000 users — and today is working as Enterprise Mobile Strategist for NTT Data. When he's not doing that, he's likely working on writing mobile device-related books, of which he's written 13 to date, or playing with wearable tech, his new addiction (he's also a Google Glass Explorer).Continue Reading →
John Sims is BlackBerry's newly-appointed President of Global Enterprise Services, and he's wasting no time in letting customers know why BlackBerry trumps the competition in managing mobile devices in enterprise.
Following up the news that the Pentagon is getting hooked up with 80,000 devices, Sims took to the Inside BlackBerry Business blog and tore into shortcomings of Samsung's KNOX offering, which is trying to make inroads for Samsung into enterprise.
It's a great write up, which you can read in-full below:Continue Reading →
BlackBerry announced today that their popular instant messaging service BBM is used by over 85 percent of organizations on BES running BlackBerry devices. BBM is the top choice for these organizations as it gives them the ability to log, archive and audit BBM messages.It's also totally secure data which can be encrypted end-to-end within the organization. BBM on BlackBerry offers key solutions for users including secure chat, BBM Voice, BBM Video with screen share and even private BBM Channels.Continue Reading →
If you're running a business and looking to make use of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 with minimum involvement, T-Mobile might have just rolled out exactly what you're looking for. In a recent email sent out to business customers, T-Mobile unveiled their Hosted Mobility Management Services for legacy BlackBerry, BlackBerry 10, iOS and Android devices that makes use of cloud-hosted BES 10 Servers.Continue Reading →
It was only yesterday that BlackBerry's new CEO, John Chen, sent an open letter to enterprise customers reminding them that BlackBerry is not letting up on the enterprise front. Less than 24 hours later, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.2 improvements have been announced - including some background on the large organizations that have been testing the multi platform EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management).
The new version of BES10 features some great updates for enterprise users including expanded support for iOS and Android devices as well as a new self-service portal for users that has added features and will help cut down on IT support calls. BlackBerry is working to make things dead simple for end users on BES10 and this update certainly helps things along.
Big companies with the likes of Boeing, Morgan Stanley and Secusmart are all currently testing version 10.2 and are praising it for the enhanced security, lower costs and ease of use.
“We enable any organization or government agency to manage iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices without compromising security,” said Stephen Bates, Head of the Enterprise Business Unit at BlackBerry. “No other mobile vendor has the same level of trusted and proven security as BlackBerry. We’ve achieved this with an end-to-end multi-platform solution that’s secured at the device, server and network layer. And now BES10 version 10.2 provides even more tools to help manage BYOD environments and achieve cost efficiencies.”
We had heard bits and pieces of what would be included in the release and we're happy to see such great enhancements now go official. BlackBerry is making it easy for corporations to deploy BES10 and for employees to activate their own devices with little to no effort.
Check out the full press release below.Continue Reading →
BES 10.2 has been rolling along since the last beta release and it looks like an official release is right around the corner. We're getting word that the Gold Candidate was released to beta testers today so that means a full-on release can't be too far off.
This version contains a few tweaks, fixes and improvements so it's just about ready to hit the streets.
Check out the full list of updates below. We'll let you know when this one goes official.Continue Reading →
BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 10.1.1 is Research In Motion’s BlackBerry’s latest version of their enterprise software that provides a single solution for managing and securing BlackBerry PlayBook, BlackBerry 10, iOS, and Android mobile devices.
If you still have older BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry OS seven (7) or older, you will still need to keep and maintain a separate infrastructure of servers as the new BES 10 is only for the devices mentioned above.
BES 10.1.1 is not perfect, and it seems to be a little more complicated to setup than it should be, but it does appear to do what it says it will. Lets take a look.Continue Reading →