5 Reasons Why Businesses Need To Look Seriously At BES 10

BES 10

Considering BlackBerry out of the game is like saying you won’t drink water out of your tap now knowing that Coke exists. If you are interested in securely managing data on your smartphones and tablets you should at least look at Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 (BES 10) and BlackBerry 10 (BB 10). While the competition is definitely popular, there is no question that the original is still best for business.

No question Android and Apple devices have come out with new sexy hardware, operating systems, apps and ecosystems of services. BlackBerry has had basically the same hardware, OS, and apps (actually even less apps than before) for several years now. One thing that has remained constant is that businesses love the management infrastructure and reliable security of BlackBerry.

We’ve  taken approximately 1,000 client calls in the past year asking how to manage Android and Apple devices in the same way you manage BlackBerrys. While there are definitely some slick solutions and products out there, none of them really measure up quite the same way.

What’s worse is that while all of these businesses are looking at MDM, they have been doing a lot more looking than buying. And every time RIM makes an announcement about the new BES 10 or (BB 10) devices, the calls slow down in anticipation of launch. Most of said launches either fell short or never happened at all.

I’ve had the pleasure of getting out to the RIM campus in Waterloo, Ontario over the last few weeks for a couple of deep dives into both BB 10 and BES 10. Here are the 5 reasons I think they’re both game changers. [Read more…]

BES 5: Do you need to upgrade? [RIM]

If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade to BES 5 — the latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server — here are a few points to consider.

If you’re using BES 4, you can still manage devices with BlackBerry OS 5. So if you have a corporate standard around OS 5, you don’t need to upgrade at this point. But if you want to take advantage of new features in BlackBerry OS 6, you’ll need to upgrade to BES 5.

One of these features is Mobile Voice System (MVS), which unifies desk phone features with BlackBerry smartphones and Wi-Fi networks. Not only does this make users more reachable, it helps save money, since they can use Wi-Fi where available instead of always using their voice plan for phone calls. For this feature, which can be integrated with Avaya, Cisco, Mitel and AudioCodes equipment, you need to purchase a Client Access License (CAL). [Read more…]

Why you need security experts to help with mobile device management [Symantec]

With more employees are bringing their personal mobile devices into work and expecting to use them —  an additional layer of security is needed to protect the corporate network.

But comparing mobile security to desktop security is like comparing apples to oranges. With so many different devices (and different versions of those devices) coming into an organization, security can get complicated.

So when it comes to securing mobile devices, it means enforcing security policies by managing the devices’ native security functionality (which is the case for Apple, Android and BlackBerry, while Windows Mobile and Symbian have specific third-party agents available).

But there are a lot of misconceptions about mobile security that can lead to a false sense of how secure your organization really is. Here are a few of the most common myths surrounding mobile security: [Read more…]