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BlackBerry opens up BlackBerry 10 to work with competing MDM devices

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BlackBerry opens up BlackBerry 10 to work with competing MDM devices
BlackBerry announced today that it is opening up the BlackBerry 10 OS, to work on competing MDM devices. Of course, BlackBerry offers its own MDM service with the BlackBerry BES 10, which has recently been opened up to track iOS and Android flavored devices. BlackBerry has also opened up its BBM messaging platform to include iOS and Android users. Later this year, both BES 10 and BBM will support Windows Phone handsets.

AirWatch, Citrix and IBM will be the first companies able to offer a non-BlackBerry MDM product that will work with BlackBerry 10 handsets. BlackBerry's John Sims, head of global enterprise services, explained the reason behind the move when he pointed out in a press release (which masqueraded as a Q&A interview), that the manufacturer is "positioned to be a major player in the multi-trillion dollar Internet of Things market." To be everything to everyone requires a certain amount of flexibility that BlackBerry has shown itself quite capable of achieving.

The trillion dollar question is whether BlackBerry is shooting itself in the foot by opening up its mobile OS platform to competing MDM manufacturers. But Sims says that with BES 12 getting prepped for a launch later this year, BlackBerry's MDM solution will soon support iOS, Android, Windows Phone, BlackBerry 10 and older BlackBerry models. "This means BlackBerry is the only company that can support the full range of an organization’s mobility management requirements," states the executive.

Sims also took the opportunity to promote BlackBerry's security record, saying that nothing is more secure than a BlackBerry device managed by a BlackBerry server. He added that regulated industries are drawn to the combination because of the company's "level of security that is incomparable with any other enterprise mobility provider."

source: BlackBerry

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posted on 13 May 2014, 13:08 3

1. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Government agencies already jumped off the sinking ship sorry blackberry

posted on 13 May 2014, 13:39 1

2. tatail (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


How is the cemetery? I hope you are getting good pay.

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:29

13. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Doesn't cemetery equal blackberry?

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:29

14. Nikolas.Oliver (banned) (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Jul 2012)


Doesn't cemetery equal blackberry?

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:30

16. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


No. It equals your lame comments.

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:24

8. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


You tell so many lies it's incredible. 16 out of 20 of the G20 all use BlackBerry devices, and have for years now.

It's so sad that all you do in life is sit around waiting for PhoneArena to post BlackBerry articles so you can type up your "hate letters" about BlackBerry. What a sad, simple troll you are.

posted on 13 May 2014, 16:11 1

10. DigitalJedi_X (banned) (Posts: 202; Member since: 27 Apr 2014)


Why PA continues to let you troll is beyond me. You must be b****** the entire PA staff.

posted on 13 May 2014, 13:49 1

3. Darkerm (Posts: 130; Member since: 31 Jan 2012)


Can someone summarize this news in short? I really didn't get what this means at all?

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:08

7. Johnnokia (Posts: 516; Member since: 27 May 2012)


Neither do I

posted on 13 May 2014, 15:27

9. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


It's pretty simple, actually. The article is stating that BlackBerry will now allow it's competitors to use BB10 devices on their MDM networks.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:17 1

4. iMemo (Posts: 102; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Did this news state that BB10 will now be like Android(Open) or its just something else? Kinda confused here.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:18

5. iMemo (Posts: 102; Member since: 22 Feb 2014)


Did this news state that BB10 will now be like Android(Open) or its just something else? Kinda confused here.

posted on 13 May 2014, 14:47 2

6. tatail (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


No it is not going to be open like Android.

So far, only BlackBerry Mobile device management (MDM) servers were only able to handle BlackBerry 10 devices. meaning other MDM service provides were not able to do the same for BlackBerry 10 devices.

From now on those companies who are not using BlackBerry MDM but are using AirWatch, Citrix and IBM can handle BlackBerry 10 devices.

posted on 13 May 2014, 16:44 1

11. AfterShock (Posts: 2800; Member since: 02 Nov 2012)


Thank you for breaking it down.

Kudos to BB then, forward progress.

posted on 13 May 2014, 16:54

12. tatail (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Jan 2010)


Anytime.

posted on 13 May 2014, 18:53

15. Chrisyahya (Posts: 42; Member since: 28 Apr 2014)


BB? It's old technology right?

posted on 13 May 2014, 19:32

17. thealphageek1 (banned) (Posts: 942; Member since: 02 Feb 2013)


No. Troll elsewhere.

posted on 14 May 2014, 08:24

18. apiskula (banned) (Posts: 578; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


Why does phone arena even bother to post articles about Blackberry. They are so irrelevant anymore and nobody cares. Post more articles about a growing platform like Android that has so much to offer.

posted on 14 May 2014, 22:17

19. AJagtiani (Posts: 460; Member since: 24 Apr 2014)


R.I.P CrapBerry.

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