All we have been hearing lately in regards to RIM’s Enterprise product offerings has been about BES 10 and the future of BlackBerry in Enterprise. Today, RIM has shifted the focus back to the present with some announcements on the availability of Mobile Fusion Service Pack 1 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 Service Pack 4. They have also announced a new partnership with the Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance to help make RIM’s Enterprise offerings flourish internationally. Read on past the break for the details of these new software releases, as well as the information on RIM’s new partnership with GEMA.
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Service Pack 1 provides additional features for both iOS-based devices and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets. Organizations managing iOS devices will see enhancements in the configuration of Wi-Fi®, VPN and ActiveSync service across devices, and the ability to manage the distribution of apps. The update also prepares organizations for managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets with an upcoming update of the PlayBook OS. Once released as a free software update for PlayBook tablets, organizations with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion Service Pack 1 will benefit from features including Over The Air enrollment and configuration of devices, full device encryption and certificate-based authentication with Microsoft® Exchange. With the release of Service Pack 1, RIM is expanding the availability of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to an additional 37 countries for a total of 81 countries. Here is a news release and accompanying blog post with additional details.
RIM also announced that Service Pack 4 for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Version 5 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express Version 5 are available for Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Domino. This same service pack will be available for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Version 5 for Novell GroupWise in November. Upgrading to the latest BlackBerry Enterprise Server software is an important step towards being prepared for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 when it launches with BlackBerry 10. Here’s a short blog post with further details.
GEMA, the Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance, and Research In Motion (RIM) today announced an agreement to jointly deliver global managed mobility solutions for multinational customers. Leveraging BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion, RIM’s Mobile Device Management solution, and supported by the global managed mobility services from GEMA members, customers will have a globally consistent approach to service delivery and technical expertise, offering them the best possible experience from their mobile deployments comprising a myriad of devices, including BlackBerry®, iOS®, and Android™.