BYOD: BES to manage Android & iOS devices

The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend has not been overlooked by BlackBerry-maker RIM. RIM is moving to multi-platform mobile device management with its BlackBerry Mobile Fusion technology. The system can be used to manage smartphones and tablets running not only the BlackBerry OS but also Android and iOS.

RIM has acknowledged that there is a growing diversity of devices in enterprises due to employees demand to use their device of choice. This is an important move as RIM has a substantial corporate user base, with more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies provisioning BlackBerry devices. IT departments reluctance to extend support to multiple devices can now be addressed by using the same BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) technology they are familiar with.

BES Administrators can now manage multiple device types using a single web-based console. It provides asset and configuration management, security policy definition, remote lock and wipe, connectivity management and scalability.

IT departments now have the management capabilities to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.

BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will be available in March2012.

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