BlackBerry’s BES10 gets BYOD boost

BlackBerry Ltd. has enhanced the bring your own device (BYOD) features as well multi-mobile platform support on the latest version of its BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 mobile management solution.

With Tuesday’s release of the BES10 version 10.2, the Waterloo, Ont.-based smart phone company said it is providing organizations with better BYOD management tools to manage not only BlackBerry devices but also iOS and Android devices.

In a statement yesterday, the company said various companies like financial firm Morgan Stanley, aerospace company Boeing and secured communication solutions provider Secusmart are now beta testing the new version of BES10.

BES10’s version 10.2, released on Tuesday, offers the following upgrades:

Expanded multi-platform support – This includes Secure Work Space support for iOS 7 background email synch; API support for automation of BES10 functions for iOS and Android devices; dynamic support for iOS and Android updates to help IT administrators create activation and distribution rules for the latest iOS and Android device

BYOD enrolment for iOS and Android – This allows administrators to manage only the Secure Work Space containers on iOS and Android devices. This feature allows device users with the assurance that their personal information and apps remain under their control

Self-service portal – This portal enables users to perform device management task on their own. This helps reduce user support calls to the IT department and reduces total cost of ownership for companies

Lower cost – BES10 can now easily scale to support 100,000 mixed-device users per domain. This reduces the number of servers and resources for large scale deployments and cuts cost.

BlackBerry is moving to meet the customer requirements for “full turn-key solution for enterprise mobility management,” according to Stacy Cook, research director for mobile enterprise at analyst firm IDC.

“By adding features that support BYOD across any device type, self-service, scalability and flexibility to build mobile management into the business process, BlackBerry ‘s ;attest release of BES10 demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to its customer enterprise,” said Crook.

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