BlackBerry opens BB10 to multiple MDM platforms
AirWatch, Citrix, IBM express interest in managing BlackBerry 10 devices
Canadian smartphone vendor BlackBerry has announced it will enable mobile device management (MDM) companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
According to BlackBerry, AirWatch, Citrix and IBM have expressed interest in working on what the company described as "a more open mobility ecosystem".
Regional IT admins have struggled to enact coherent policies within the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) culture. According to a recent survey run by ITP.net in conjunction with Arabian Computer News, 30% of Gulf-based respondents said their organisation had no policy in place to cover corporate data on personal devices.
"Offering the end-to-end secure solutions valued by our customers in government and other regulated industries remains central to our strategy, said Ron Louks, president of Devices and Emerging Solutions, BlackBerry. "However, BlackBerry understands the opportunity and importance of opening our BlackBerry 10 software. This is a natural next step in our enterprise strategy as we seek to provide our customers with maximum choice in how they will meet the full array of employee mobility needs."
BlackBerry said it will continue to offer its multi-platform EMM solution BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), which is designed to manage and secure corporate-owned and BYOD BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices. BlackBerry intends to launch BES12 in late 2014, adding Windows Phone 8 support.