Business have been plagued by a simple question: How do you manage all the various devices that people bring to work ? These range from personal Mobile phones, to tablets which have both personal and company information on them. What do you do if the device is lost/ stolen ? How do you keep the integrity of the company information ?
The Answer is not so simple.
Enter the new age of Mobile Device Management or MDM as the cool kids know it.
MDM is a system that helps companies manage their mobile devices.
RIM has its own system called BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion which allows for full management of Blackberry, iOS and Android based devices.
Administrators can add and import iOS and Android users, create group memberships, view user and device information, define IT policies and connectivity settings, manage applications on devices and assist users with the recovery of misplaced devices.
It lets you create and manage your organization’s work apps catalogue so you can support over-the-air installation, upgrade and auditing of required and optional apps. Apps that your organization requires users to have on their tablets will be downloaded, installed and updated automatically.
Organizations managing BlackBerry PlayBook tablets will be able to benefit from features including Over The Air enrolment and configuration of devices, full device encryption and certificate-based authentication with Microsoft® Exchange.
There are great administration guides available here as well as installation video tutorials.
The new features in BlackBerry Mobile Fusion for the BlackBerry PlayBook will be accessible with a pending update of the PlayBook OS.
Initially available in 44 countries across North America, EMEA, Asia Pacific and Latin America, RIM is extending the distribution of BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to 81 countries worldwide with the release of the service pack.
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is available on a free 60 day trial from http://uk.blackberry.com/business/software-and-services/mobile-fusion/overview.jsp