Last week was eventful for the folks at BlackBerry. They not only released their latest smartphone the Classic, but also announced several other products. Here is a quick overview of the most recent announcements from BlackBerry.
If you have been following BlackBerry for a while, you will have noticed that the company is shifting towards enterprise. BlackBerry now focuses on building mobile management solutions for security conscious organizations.
Recently there have been several incidents of hacking. They reinforce one thing: security is vital. If you store sensitive data on your mobile device, you cannot neglect security. Hackers are everywhere and they will strike whenever an opportunity presents itself in the form of a security flaw.
At BlackBerry they believe that strong security should not be a hindrance to productivity. Their security solutions are designed in such a way that they eliminate the need to devote considerable time and resources to avert potential attacks. Cleaning up your devices after somebody has hacked into them can be quite a hassle. For enterprises that cannot afford to neglect security, Blackberry has announced two cost effective software solutions centered around BBM: the Enterprise Communicator Bundle and the Secure Productivity Bundle.
The Secure Productivity Bundle costs just $6/user/month. The Productivity Bundle allows your employees to remain connected and access corporate data irrespective of their physical location while at the same time ensuring that information on their devices remains protected.
This bundle includes the following:
- VPN Authentication by BlackBerry
- BlackBerry Blend
- BBM Protected
Enterprise customers who have BES10 or BES12 can access the Secure Productivity Bundle. It is also available for smartphones running BlackBerry OS 10.
The Enterprise Communicator Bundle is meant for facilitating secure mobile collaboration across multiple platforms. It achieves this objective via BBM Meetings and BBM Protected.
The Enterprise Communicator Bundle costs $12/user/month. Enterprises with Android, iOS and BlackBerry 10 devices can use the Enterprise Communicator Bundle.
Meanwhile BES12 continues to win enterprise customers. Launched in November, the most recent version of BlackBerry’s EMM platform has already won several enterprise customers. One of the most notable among them is Boeing. The company has decided to collaborate with BlackBerry to secure mobile communications on its high security Android devices using BES12 platform.
BlackBerry has also announced that their BES migration program, EZ Pass will end on December 31. Through EZ Pass, BlackBerry issued as many as 6.8 million licenses to about 4,900 enterprises. At least one-third of these licenses were issued to businesses using rival MDM solutions. For example, Ocean Capital Investments, a leading financial services company, ditched MobileIron and moved to BES12 for handling its fleet of devices running iOS and BlackBerry OS. Other confirmed BES12 customers include Mackenzie Health, Bombardier, Tata Energy, and Rocco Forte Hotels.
Nearly 300 organizations have already deployed or intend to deploy BES12 during the next twelve months.
BlackBerry certainly wants to make BES12 the best cross-platform Enterprise Mobility Management solution in the world. And showing this commitment, the company has announced that BES12 is now compatible with Lollipop, the most recent version of Android.
BlackBerry has also completed the acquisition of Secusmart, which is a German voice encryption company.