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RIM begins BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program for enterprise customers

BlackBerry 10
By Adam Zeis on 17 Dec 2012 07:56 am EST
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RIM has announced today their BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview which gives early access to BlackBerry 10 for selected agencies. Government and enterprise customers can start a beta program with BES 10 and pre-production BlackBerry 10 devices before launch to consumers. The invitation only program is extended to a variety of industries including government, healthcare and media. Keep reading for the full press release.

BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview Program Gives Selected Customers Opportunity to Beta Test New Platform 

Program Begins Today with More Than 120 Enterprise and Government Customers Enrolled 

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - December 17, 2012) - Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM)(TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® 10 Technical Preview program, giving selected enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 and pre-production BlackBerry® 10 smartphones. The "by invitation" program starts today, with more than 120 select customers enrolled that span a variety of industries including financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and distribution. The mix includes 64 Fortune 500 companies.

The technical preview program will give organizations early access to RIM's new enterprise mobility management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, along with a limited number of pre-production BlackBerry 10 smartphones for testing within their environment.

"Beginning today, RIM will be visiting some of our enterprise and government 'early adopters' and getting them started with the BlackBerry 10 platform," said Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer, Research In Motion. "At RIM, we've seen the power of our new enterprise mobility management solution first-hand, and we are thrilled to share BlackBerry 10 directly with these leading organizations."

"We've been anxiously waiting to put our hands on BlackBerry 10, and the time has come," said John R. Delano, CIO, Integris Health. "BlackBerry has been a trusted partner for many years, and we're excited to see what the next generation of BlackBerry solutions offer. We know we can rely on the security and manageability that BlackBerry offers, and we're looking forward to adding fun to the list of benefits."

Customers will have first-hand experience with features such as BlackBerry® BalanceTM, the BlackBerry® Hub, the ability to seamlessly flow between core applications, the dedicated enterprise app store and the BlackBerry 10 platform's secure connectivity to behind the firewall applications and data through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

"Getting devices early into the hands of its best and largest enterprise customers confirms the confidence RIM has in its new BlackBerry 10 platform and is an important step leading-up to its launch," said Kevin Burden, Director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics. "Beyond reinforcing its commitment to those loyal to the BlackBerry platform's future, the program stands to deliver valuable real-world feedback from multiple industries before RIM takes the platform live."

19 comments

Timing is good. All aboard !
Thx Adam

What is a conumser? (1st paragraph).

good stuff!!! tackle them from all corners RIM!!

As a corporate and government client, itts critically important to pilot technology prior to internal launch. This program solves the problem months ahead of our clients needs as well gives us the tools to support them when ready

No other mobile solutions provider offers this.

BDS and UDS to be loaded this week.

Thanks RIM

It's nice to hear things like this from folks like yourself.

Is Crackberry going to be part of the test group?

I hope our bank is on board. Would like to get an upgrade ASAP!

Should have had some hollywood types in there so they could get it in movies tv and such, product placement.

Maybe for movies released post Jan. 30th.

Why only enterprises??? whyyyyyyy???

Signed: longtime impatient BB user

;)

I believe it has been going through carrier testing for quite some time now.

Because Enterprise/Corpoarations are there bread & better - always has been always will. These ensue the markets that hardly waver and invest fully at the beginnining.

These enterprise solutions will fully put BES10 through their pases and ensure proper application support for corporations behind the firewall.

This is a excellent move all those companys will test the product and im certain a high number will order them in before offcial rese.Before even launch RIM would have sold a large amount of phones.64 companys RIM could sell 1-2 millon before launch even thats great.

Good to see RIM is hard at work pushing BB10 to enterprise.

~I am BlackBerry by choice~

I installed my BDS and UDS last week. Can't wait to get my BB10 devices

gwhaley262 , Please reach out to me on @martijdub or (two)A38DB08 , id love to exchange notes and findings.

That's a profit! :)

Bb10 for the win

This is where we'll see unique yet powerful applications in the corporate space saving money - real money for high end travellers - along with proper intranet resource/access support!!

Take a look at how Enterprising markets video on youtube for blackberry 10 does and you'll see the future. Windows 8 Pro has an idea but no infrastructure to implement on a large scale.