Today, I am very excited to introduce you to BlackBerry® Device Service, which is the component of BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion used to manage BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets and future BlackBerry® 10 devices. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is RIM’s new unified multi-platform MDM (mobile device management) solution for managing in market BlackBerry OS devices, BlackBerry 10 devices, and iOS and Android™ devices as shown in the image above.
Why should you be excited about the launch of BlackBerry Device Service together with BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0? Well that’s simple. For those of you new to enterprise mobility, especially when it comes to BlackBerry, we’ve always had the secret sauce to enable your enterprise mobile applications to seamlessly connect to your backend application server with no need for an enterprise VPN. This secret sauce was our BlackBerry Mobile Data System (MDS) which abstracted away much of the wireless network complexities and provided an end to end, AES secure connection for enterprise application developers.
For those of you that have been long waiting for this feature, look no further as we are bringing this functionality back to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0 and future BlackBerry 10 devices. Just imagine if you were an insurance adjuster in the field and wanted an application:
- pushed to your BlackBerry PlayBook tablet
- to seamlessly upload both vehicles pictures and a brief description to your application server that resides behind your corporate firewall
Together with BlackBerry Device Service and BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0, these problems are solved! This is exactly what we have enabled both the corporate customers and enterprise developers to implement.
Although customers have long had the ability to push applications to BlackBerry users with a BlackBerry Enterprise Server, this is the first time we are introducing a user self-serve portal to manage all enterprise applications – right from BlackBerry App World™. With BlackBerry Balance™, enterprise applications are installed within a corporate perimeter on the device. For more information on BlackBerry Balance, be sure to read this blog post from the Inside BlackBerry Blog, and check out the BlackBerry Balance website as well.
Together, these features will protect all your resident enterprise application data within the corporate perimeter and at the same time provide a secure AES encrypted pipe to transport your data securely from behind the firewall. This is exactly why I share this excitement with all our enterprise development community today.
If you haven’t already done so, I would check for BlackBerry PlayBook OS upgrades and immediately upgrade your device to BlackBerry PlayBook OS 2.0. You can also download a free trial of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion today.