BlackBerry's New MDM Solution: Secure Work Space
March 19, 2013
By Ashley Caputo
, TMCnet Web Editor
The once notorious business savvy BlackBerry began to fade away as its demand and market value dropped steadily against the iPhone (News - Alert). For that past few years, there haven’t been any developments for BlackBerry that would help regain its title in the mobile world, until the creation of the BlackBerry (News - Alert) 10.
Now BlackBerry is trying to step its game up even more with the new release of its mobile device management (MDM) solution, Secure Work Space for Blackberry Enterprise Service 10, which will divide work and personal data on Android (News - Alert) and iOS devices in the same way it does on its smartphones and tablets.
The Secure Work Space solution comes right in time, as BlackBerry will be releasing its new BlackBerry 10 operating system, which the company hopes will reclaim its value on the market. Although it has not yet reached the U.S., financial analysts predict that the BlackBerry 10 OS will be released in the fourth quarter of this year.
BlackBerry’s latest development to further shock the mobile world is its BlackBerry 10 version of Truphone’s (News - Alert) Tru App, which will allow users to save up to 90 percent on international voice calls that will be especially helpful for employees who are using their mobile devices for business operations.
"Before BlackBerry10, RIM's operating systems limited developers by not providing the right APIs or restricting access to the Wi-Fi stack," said Truphone CTO, James Tagg (News - Alert). "Those limitations made it impossible for Truphone to offer BlackBerry users the same functionality we make available on other operating systems. BlackBerry 10 provides a far more developer-friendly environment, including functionality that enables Truphone to deliver its improved user experience to BlackBerry 10 smartphones and tablet users."
In light of the bring your own device (BYOD) trend that has exploded in the workplace, BlackBerry will be releasing its Secure Work Space software at the end of June this year. It will work integrate with its other operating systems a part of BlackBerry 10, offering IT departments a secure and more flexible way to manage mobile devices on the network. This ensures that if an employee loses a mobile device, work-related data will not be compromised as the IT manager can delete the data, lock or use its GPS software to locate the device.
An MDM solution is needed in order to help users separate their work-related material from their personal usage, allowing them to use a single device rather than purchasing one for the office and one for the home.
For more information on BlackBerry 10, click here.
Edited by Rachel Ramsey