MobileIron announces support for BlackBerry 10 smartphones

MobileIron announces support for BlackBerry 10 smartphones
By Bla1ze on 12 Feb 2013 07:47 pm EST
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If you work in the Enterprise sector then you know the days work issued devices are slowly dwindling away. BYOD is taking over and now more than ever it's important that Enterprises have a solution to handle all devices their employees are using. Some have moved away from services like BES or are looking to better integrate them and as such have adopted solutions like MobileIron that allow for multi-device management. Knowing this and wanting to offer their customers best in class, MobileIron has now announced support for BlackBerry 10

"Enterprises are dealing with multi-OS environments and the days of IT dictating that employees use specific devices are gone," said Bob Tinker , CEO, MobileIron. "Our customers see mobile technology as a productivity tool. They want their employees to be able choose whatever device they like and we want to make it easy for them to add new devices and apps to their environment. By delivering support for BlackBerry 10 as the devices hit the market, we ensure our customers can support any device their users choose."

The MobileIron solution for BlackBerry 10 will allow Enterprises to track inventory of BlackBerry 10 device, secure email traffic, remote wipe devices and of course enforce policies and password services. If you're looking for the full details, you can jump below and check out the full press release from MobileIron.

MobileIron Delivers Support for BlackBerry 10

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Feb. 11, 2013 -- MobileIron, the leader in security and management for mobile apps, documents, and devices, today announced support for BlackBerry 10. With the MobileIron platform, Mobile IT teams can confidently add BlackBerry 10 devices to their mobile environments using the same central management and policy tools they use for iOS, Android, and Windows Phone 8 devices.

Enterprises can use the MobileIron platform to:

  • Track inventory of BlackBerry 10 devices, both corporate and personally owned
  • Secure email traffic with MobileIron Sentry, MobileIron's intelligent gateway
  • Secure email data by enforcing encryption and password policies
  • Wipe the device

"Enterprises are dealing with multi-OS environments and the days of IT dictating that employees use specific devices are gone," said Bob Tinker, CEO, MobileIron. "Our customers see mobile technology as a productivity tool. They want their employees to be able choose whatever device they like and we want to make it easy for them to add new devices and apps to their environment. By delivering support for BlackBerry 10 as the devices hit the market, we ensure our customers can support any device their users choose."

Read more about BlackBerry Device Management Here.

About MobileIron

The leader in security and management for mobile apps, documents, and devices, MobileIron's mission is to enable global companies to become Mobile First organizations, embracing mobility as their primary IT platform in order to transform their businesses and increase their competitiveness. Recognized by IDC as the fastest growing mobile enterprise management vendor in the world, MobileIron provides the scalable architecture, rapid innovation, and best practices for global companies to transform into Mobile First organizations. Leading global companies use MobileIron as the foundation for their Mobile First initiatives, including 7 of the 10 top pharmaceutical companies, 5 of the 10 top banks, 8 of the 10 top automotive manufacturers, 3 of the 5 top retailers, 4 of the 5 top aerospace and defense companies, and half of the 10 top law firms. For more information, please visit www.mobileiron.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This information is intended to outline MobileIron's general product direction and should not be relied on when making a purchasing decision.

Reader comments

MobileIron announces support for BlackBerry 10 smartphones

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This is a business magnet that will attract the big boys.
This is great news. Everyday BlackBerry 10 is being supported from a wide variety of companies. Go BB10 Go.

Yeah, no question this will help. Much as I'd like to see BB become the leader in MDM, I think it's important that it be supported on other platforms as well.

"This information is intended to outline MobileIron's general product direction and should not be relied on when making a purchasing decision."

Don't corporate weasel words just warm your soul? Either stand behind your statements or remain silent. Our product will cure cancer. Oh we never said we guaranteed the product cures cancer, just that it could potentially eliminate the Black Plague. < /sarcasm >

This adds credibility to the new platform. Having a recognized company like this take the time to include the device shows they believe there is service revenue to be drawn from BB10. Keep the good news coming!

The support MobileIron offers is stricktly ActiveSync. No API has been given (yest) to MobileIron nor the BES10 web service will be used. Password policy and wipe are one of the things the ActiveSync protocol offers. So it is all a mathger of which level of management and security the organization wants and needs.

Well, their integration is VERY basic. MI uses the Active Sync Policy settings only, every MDM can do that.
This does not enable features such as BlackBerry Balance (Personal/Work separation). Sorry folks - a BB10 devices just needs a BES 10 too unleash its full potential. Everything else that "manages" BB10 is amateur stuff.

Agreed, the function Mobile Iron offers is mickey mouse as compared to BES10. The good news is that the competition is watching.

Another CEO making wild statements to promote his company... The IT dpt is still in charge in the enterprise and you can't just plug anything into the corporate network.
And btw, BYOD is not taking over, it's way too expensive. COPE is the future and BES 10 will be a better MDM than any other solution out there.

Still nice to see a solution for SMEs with no real IT policies, which offers support for BB10.

It seems that all the MDM providers out there lack the functionality to implement the balance feature in BB10 devices. Unfortunately, with Mobile Iron supporting BB10, it undermines the need to have BES installed.

If enterprise clients believe that any off the shelf MDM (assuming cheaper costs) can do the job then the Blackberry Balance feature won’t ever be fully realized. It wouldn’t surprise me if Blackberry Balance is offered minus BES10 in the future just to compete.

The risk is obviously Apple/Samsung investing a way to sandbox their devices without the need for MDM infrastructure similar to active sync.

The idea to cobble together the front end Z10 & Q10 w/ BES10 is brilliant.... but your clients have to want/need that.

My firm (finance) uses Good Technology because all we really need is access to email. Good’s app stinks but it allowed me to drop my Blackberry and my company cuts me a check each month to cover ½ my phone bill.

I think the walled in approach will make the (re)adoption of Blackberry as the go to really slow.

Offer Balance minus BES
Offer BBM as a cross platform service (to compete w/ skype/whatsapp, etc)

Let the device and platform stand on equal footing w/ the other devices in the market.

Can you confirm that Mobile does support the Z10 touch screen services on MI as I have a disagreement with my associate please confirm?

Mobile Iron makes use of nothing more than Active Sync policies to apply the most basic of security settings on any BB10 phone. It's no different to just using Active Sync to manage BB10 devices, nothing more, nothing less. Your IT department probably wishes to manage much more on phones than Active Sync can provide so if they are using Mobile Iron they might consider that BB10 phones as unsupported because what's possible Active Sync alone doesn't meet their needs.