One of the things that makes the BlackBerry platform popular with businesses is RIM’s software that gives companies the ability to remotely manage their employees’ smartphones. Today, RIM announced a version that will include support devices running Google’s Android OS and Apple’s iOS.
The single web-based console is being designed to give IT administrators an efficient way to distribute software and manage policies, inventory, security and services for BlackBerrys, as well as iPhones, Droids, etc. IT administrators will be able to manage devices over-the-air, including activating them, distributing software and applications, locking or wiping devices, enforcing and resetting device passwords, setting IT policies, and managing optional mobile applications for end users.
This solution will be made up of optional components based on the configuration needs of enterprises and government organizations. Optional components will include BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry devices, and a separate, secure device management server for Android and iOS devices (based on the foundation of ubi-Suite from ubitexx).
Although RIM announced the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution today at its BlackBerry World tradeshow, the company did not say when it will be available.