Press Release: RIM announces Multi-Platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for Smartphones and Tablets

By Bla1ze on 2 May 2011 08:45 am
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Research In Motion

Press Release

RIM Announces Multi-Platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for Smartphones and Tablets

Device Management Solution to Provide Security, Management, and Control of BlackBerry Devices, Plus Secure Management for Other Mobile Devices

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM, TSX: RIM) is announcing today plans for a multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution for managing and securing mobile devices for enterprises and government organizations. The solution will make available the market-leading management, security and controls of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server and BlackBerry® Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry® devices plus, through RIM’s pending acquisition of ubitexx (creator of the ubi-Suite device management solution), the solution is expected to incorporate secure device management for Android and iOS based devices and tablets, all managed from a single web-based console.

“The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is designed to address a growing market and respond to requests from enterprise customers who want a secure multi-platform device management solution from a company that already delivers the gold standard for enterprise mobility,” said Peter Devenyi, Vice President, Communications Platform Group at Research In Motion. “We recognize the opportunity to continue leading in the enterprise market by providing customers with a common platform to help simplify the management of a variety of mobile devices.”

The single web-based console is being designed to provide IT administrators with a simple and efficient way to distribute software and manage policies, inventory, security and services for BlackBerry devices, as well as other mobile devices. IT administrators will be able to manage devices over-the-air, including activating devices, distributing software and applications, locking or wiping devices, enforcing and resetting device passwords, setting IT policies, and managing optional mobile applications for end users. Certain features are expected to remain exclusive to BlackBerry devices because such capabilities are built into the design of a device’s operating system. Examples include RIM’s industry-leading push technology, network and data usage efficiency, behind-the-firewall access to enterprise applications and systems, and many of the over 550 IT policies available through BlackBerry Enterprise Server. The recently-released BlackBerry® BalanceTM technology (see separate press release issued today), which supports the use of a single smartphone for both work and personal purposes without compromising the
security of corporate content or the privacy of personal content, will also remain exclusive to BlackBerry devices.

Overall, as is largely understood in the enterprise market today, organizations can expect a range of security, manageability and controls depending on different device platform capabilities, with some devices further limited by the design of their operating system.

The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will be comprised of optional architectural components based on the configuration of an organization’s mobile deployment and their operational needs. Optional components will include BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry devices, and a separate, secure device management server for Android and iOS devices (based on the foundation of ubi-Suite from ubitexx). It will be possible to deploy multiple components in a virtualized environment on a single server.
Note: Registration for a product preview of the ubitexx solution is open today at www.ubitexx.com/preview.

The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is planned for general availability later this year.

About Research In Motion (RIM)
Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry wireless platform, the RIM Wireless HandheldTM product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.

12 comments

Yousif Abdullah

Very interesting! I hope they add Linux / Mac support for the backend, though... but does this mean that BBM on other platforms is one step closer to becoming reality?

Peace,
Yousif.

NerdBoss

Cant wait to hear CB podcast crew sound off on this one.... very interesting

LCW

anyone else getting the feeling that maybe RIM's future lies in taking a page from IBM's transition into more of a enterprise and software solutions company than mainly hardware...

leafs123

This is setting up the stage to opening up BBM to non-BBs.

1canuck2

I would assume that this:
"Certain features are expected to remain exclusive to BlackBerry devices because such capabilities are built into the design of a device’s operating system. Examples include RIM’s industry-leading push technology, network and data usage efficiency, behind-the-firewall access to enterprise applications and systems, and many of the over 550 IT policies available through BlackBerry Enterprise Server."
means no BBM for other OSes.

Interesting announcement all the same. It makes sense for RIM to do this from one perspective, but it is also risky if they offer to much BB like functionality to non BB devices as they could end up killing their hardware sales. My guess is they'll try to find the balance of allowing IT to manage non BB devices with a RIM tool (cementing their presence in the enterprise even further), without giving up the BB only exclusives.

narci

if BES becomes cross platform, how useful is a BES enabled iPhone if the policy restricts it from downloading apps?

br14

"how useful is a BES enabled iPhone if the policy restricts it from downloading apps"

You might not like it but your employer will love it. Removing the possibility of an exploit being downloaded to your device by restricting apps to those authorized.

That's what this is all about.

Right now employers aren't fully conversant with the advantages they take for granted with BlackBerry.

Having iPhone enabled BES will make it crystal clear how they're exposing security issues with non-BlackBerry devices.

And BlackBerry Balance is the answer to the corporate/personal usage question.

Positive moves by RIM.

WillieLee

This is a major news announcement as the ability of the BES to manage a large number of devices is the feature that other companies such as Good Technology cannot match. Most companies that require higher levels of security(such as hospitals with patient records) have to implement very restrictive sandbox features on the devices which require individual monitoring by IT departments.

br14

Can't for the life of me see why they'd extend BBM to other devices.

One thing I do know is that I can now BBM over wi-fi without wireless. Not sure if thats always been possible but it means you can BBM over the net which is step 1.

HabsSuck

did not know BBM worked with wifi only

simplex123

You cannot JUST BBM over wifi. Yes, your mobile network has to be turned off, but your data must be turned on and your BIS has to be connected, which it cannot be if the data is turned off.