BlackBerry opens up BlackBerry 10 to work with competing MDM devices

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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19 Comments

1. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Government agencies already jumped off the sinking ship sorry blackberry

2. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

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

13. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Doesn't cemetery equal blackberry?

14. Nikolas.Oliver

Posts: 1574; Member since: Jul 01, 2012

Doesn't cemetery equal blackberry?

16. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

No. It equals your lame comments.

8. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

10. DigitalJedi_X

Posts: 202; Member since: Apr 27, 2014

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

3. Darkerm

Posts: 322; Member since: Jan 31, 2012

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

7. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Neither do I

9. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 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.

4. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

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

5. iMemo

Posts: 113; Member since: Feb 22, 2014

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

6. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 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.

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4147; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Thank you for breaking it down. Kudos to BB then, forward progress.

12. tatail

Posts: 261; Member since: Jan 08, 2010

Anytime.

15. Chrisyahya

Posts: 59; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

BB? It's old technology right?

17. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

No. Troll elsewhere.

18. apiskula

Posts: 578; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

19. AJagtiani

Posts: 466; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

R.I.P CrapBerry.

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