BlackBerry announces enhanced enterprise portfolio

BlackBerry today announced its enhanced enterprise portfolio at an event in San Francisco, the U.S.

The Ontario, Canada-based BlackBerry said the latest initiatives include Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM), Identity & Access, Communications & Collaboration and BES12, a new cross-platform EMM solution by BlackBerry.

“Our Enterprise Portfolio offers new ways to securely and conveniently collaborate with colleagues,” said John Sims, president of Global Enterprise Services at BlackBerry.

EMM

BES12 manages apps and content across devices from every major mobile platform, including iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices. Vodafone, Rogers, SingTel and many more mobile operators around the world will resell BES12.

BlackBerry announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics to provide a secure mobility solution for Android. Enterprise customers will have a secure solution that brings together BES12 with Samsung Galaxy smartphones and tablets that include Samsung KNOX.

BlackBerry BBM Meetings

BlackBerry Blend for the Enterprise is part of BlackBerry’s EMM offerings and enables employees to maximize their productivity by securely accessing personal and work data from their BlackBerry smartphone on any desktop or tablet.

WorkLife by BlackBerry will allow enterprises to add a separate corporate phone number to personal devices brought in by their employees or for the employee to add a separate personal phone number to a corporate-liable device provided by the company.

IDENTITY & ACCESS

Enterprise Identity by BlackBerry will provide organizations a simple way to manage secure access to cloud-based services, including Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and internal apps, with a single point of entitlement, control and audit.

VPN Authentication by BlackBerry will provide two-factor authentication to allow professionals to use something their network credentials with their iOS, Android or BlackBerry 10 smartphone to achieve secure access to corporate content behind the firewall, eliminating the need for hardware tokens.

BBM MEETINGS

BBM Meetings provides a collaboration app that allows voice and video conferences for groups of up to 25 people on BlackBerry 10, Android smartphones, Windows PC and Mac. The solution will add the productivity of the mobile professional through the use of such features as Auto Join.

BES12 and all of the value-added services within BlackBerry’s enterprise portfolio will be offered as cloud services and priced on a subscription basis, allowing customers to avoid the need for heavy upfront investment.

Meanwhile, BlackBerry announced an agreement with Salesforce to connect its customer relationship management (CRM) platform to BlackBerry’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) solutions.

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