BlackBerry will soon enable mobile-device management companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
AirWatch, Citrix and IBM have expressed their intent to be the first companies to work with BlackBerry to enable a more open mobility ecosystem. In doing so, BlackBerry says it will give businesses more options to embrace multi-operating system mobile environments by enabling other MDM companies to manage BlackBerry 10 devices.
“Offering the end-to-end secure solutions valued by our customers in government and other regulated industries remains central to our strategy; however, BlackBerry understands the opportunity and importance of opening our BlackBerry 10 software,” said Ron Louks, president of devices and emerging solutions, BlackBerry. “This is a natural next step in our enterprise strategy as we seek to provide our customers with maximum choice in how they will meet the full array of employee mobility needs.”
BlackBerry will continue to offer its multi-platform EMM solution BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, which manages and secures corporate-owned and BYOD BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices. BlackBerry said it intends to launch BES12 in late 2014, adding Windows Phone 8 support.