BlackBerry announced this week that they are beta testing a new cloud-based EMM (enterprise mobility management) solution that will allow businesses to manage and secure personal and corporate mobile devices. The multi-platform, cloud-based solution will provide flexibility, ease of use and cost effectiveness for enterprises in order to support BYOD implementation so the workforce is able to access applications and share content whilst ‘on the go’, yet maintain the necessary security levels.
With the rise in popularity of BYOD, and following Gartner’s predictions that more than half of employers will need employees to use their own mobile devices for work purposes by 2017, and Gartner also predicting that next year, employees own devices are likely to double the level of security breaches with organisations, any savvy enterprise needs to ensure that their EMM solution is easy to manage, deploy, with little upfront costs, be easily accessible by employees and, most importantly, maintain if not increase security requirements.
Stephen Bates, Head of Enterprise Business Unit at BlackBerry, explained: “BlackBerry is evolving. As the industry has adopted BYOD and mixed mobile environments, we’ve responded with our multi-platform EMM solution. The new cloud-based EMM solution will bring all the benefits of our on-premise offering, which is trusted by more businesses and governments around the world that any other enterprise mobility solution, to customers as a cloud service that lets them easily manage BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices more cost effectively than ever before.”
It is expected that the new EMM solution will be available from the end of November 2013 as a single monthly subscription, covering technical support and the licence.
By Allie Philpin