BlackBerry BES10 version 10.2 enhancements announced, now in customer testing

BlackBerry issued an open letter to its enterprise customers yesterday, declaring they are “very much alive” and going back to its roots. The Waterloo-based company, now under the leadership of Interim CEO John Chen, aims to focus its efforts on EMM (Enterprise Mobility Management) and security of “all devices.”

To wit, the company has announced a number of enhancements to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.2 today. In the press release, BlackBerry said “customers have installed nearly 30,000 BES10 commercial and test servers around the world. Organizations continue to choose BlackBerry because it is the most proven and trusted enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution, supporting iOS, Android and BlackBerry smartphones.”

Some major global business are standing by BlackBerry, namely Morgan Stanley, Boeing, Aneurin Bevan University Health Board and Secusmart — all these are currently testing BES 10.2 in BlackBerry’s Early Adopter and Beta program. BES 10.2 offers new key features such as expanded multi-platform support Android and iOS for email sync, BYOD, and an easier way to securely manage all platforms.

  • Expanded Multi-Platform support: Includes Secure Work Space support for iOS 7 background email sync, API support allowing the automation of BES10 functions for iOS and Android devices through BlackBerry Web Services, and dynamic support for iOS and Android OS updates, which allows IT administrators to create activation and application distribution rules for the latest iOS and Android devices that employees bring into the organization, without requiring a server upgrade.
  • BYOD Enrolment for iOS and Android: truly enable BYOD by allowing administrators to manage only the Secure Work Space container on iOS and Android devices, thereby providing BYOD users with the assurance that the personal information and apps on their device remains in their control.
  • Self-Service Portal: A self-service portal enables users to perform device management tasks on their own, meaning fewer calls to IT, lower TCO and more control to users.
  • Reduced Cost: BES10 now easily scales to support 100,000 devices per domain, with any mix of BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices, reducing the number of servers and resources required for large scale deployments, and significantly reducing costs.

Source: BlackBerry