BlackBerry Opens BlackBerry 10 Operating System to Multiple MDM Platforms
AirWatch, Citrix, IBM and SAP intend to manage BlackBerry 10 devices
May 13, 2014
Waterloo, ON - BlackBerry Limited (NASDAQ: BBRY; TSX: BB), a world leader in mobile communications, today announced that it will enable mobile device management (MDM) companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 operating system.
AirWatch, Citrix, IBM and SAP have expressed their intent to be the first companies to work with BlackBerry to enable a more open mobility ecosystem. In doing so, BlackBerry will provide organizations with more options to embrace multi-operating system mobile environments by enabling other MDM companies to manage BlackBerry 10 devices.
According to Gartner, “Mobile device management (MDM) remains a top priority for IT buyers, and investment levels are growing steadily. Competition among players drives commoditization.” Gartner also notes, “Proliferation of and demand for workplace mobility necessitate the need for quality and flexible management tools.” As a result of this demand, BlackBerry is working with the companies listed above to offer customers the most flexible solution to support a broader enterprise mobility strategy.
“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.”
“The enterprise mobility landscape continues to rapidly evolve, and BlackBerry represents a valued addition to our partner ecosystem,” said Kevin Keith, Director of Business Development, AirWatch by VMware®. “The integration of the BlackBerry 10 operating system into the comprehensive AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Management Platform™ will empower our customers and partners to fully manage any device in their mobile fleet from a single console.”
“At Citrix, our vision is to deliver mobile workspaces to users anywhere, any time and on any device. As an industry EMM leader, Citrix XenMobile extends support to all enterprise devices. We have long supported BlackBerry OS devices, and the new BlackBerry 10 APIs create exciting possibilities,” said Chris Fleck, Vice President of Mobility Solutions & Alliances, Citrix.
“BlackBerry is synonymous with security and productivity, so we’re excited that BlackBerry is allowing access to its operating system so that SAP Mobile Secure solutions can directly manage BlackBerry 10 devices,” said Rick Costanzo, EVP & general manager of Global Mobility Solutions, SAP. “We have worked closely with BlackBerry for many years and this move to better integrate our industry-leading mobile secure solutions is a natural progression for both companies.”
BlackBerry will continue to offer its multi-platform EMM solution BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), which manages and secures corporate-owned and BYOD BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices. BlackBerry intends to launch BES12 in late 2014, adding Windows Phone 8 support.
For more information about BES10, visit www.bes10.com.
For more information about the BlackBerry EZ Pass program that offers a free upgrade path for existing BlackBerry customers to move to BES10 and BES12, visit www.blackberry.com/ezpass.
For more information about BlackBerry 10, visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10OS.
 Gartner, IT Market Clock for Enterprise Mobility, 2013, Monica Basso, Bryan Taylor, September 6, 2013.
 Gartner, Mobile Device Management Opens a Gateway to Expanded Footprint for IT Operations Management Providers, Laurie Wurster, Asheesh Raina, January 27, 2014.
This press release was updated at 5:30 pm ET on May 13, 2014 to reflect the addition of SAP.
A global leader in mobile communications, BlackBerry® revolutionized the mobile industry when it was introduced in 1999. Today, BlackBerry aims to inspire the success of our millions of customers around the world by continuously pushing the boundaries of mobile experiences. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates offices in North America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Latin America. The Company trades under the ticker symbols "BB" on the Toronto Stock Exchange and "BBRY" on the NASDAQ. For more information, visit www.blackberry.com.