We all recognise that having Blackberry smartphones helps us work better as they connect to the network, get our emails, store our important documents, images of the kids and inappropriate video of the boss singing at the Christmas party.
The problem has always been – what do I do if my phone is stolen/ lost ? all the confidential info on it can be viewed by anyone who finds it. Wouldnt be great if YouTube had a video of you impersonating your boss now would it ???
This problem is no longer a problem when Blackberry announced Blackberry Protect. However, this is still cumbersome to use if you have more than one device in your business. What happens if you have 100 users ? how do you manage them ? How do you make sure that each employee had indeed installed the Protect software ? How do you also fix each person’s Blackberry when they play with the settings and are no longer able to receive mail ?
Well, it is clear that RIM is listening to their customers.
For a long time we have been asking for a better way to manage the various Blackberry devices. Not all of us have massive IT departments and we don’t all have the skills/ time/ effort/ inclination to work out how to manage the Blackberry the make our business work. What we need is a central, easy to use, console – it looks like RIM has delivered an awesome solution !
If you are a company that has 100 people or less – then check out the new Blackberry Management Center.
By the way: it is FREE !
So What is the BlackBerry Management Center ?
“Free Online Service Helps Small Businesses Centrally Manage and Protect BlackBerry Smartphones in the Cloud”
The BlackBerry® Management Center is a service that hosted in the cloud. You log into it via a website and you are able to preform various high-end management of your various Blackberry devices that your users have. All with simple clicks of the mouse and no real IT skill required.
Depending on the administrator permissions set by each user, you can:
- Add / Remove email addresses on the user’s phone
- Manage settings for email addresses
- Administer BlackBerry Protect to help protect smartphone data and help locate a smartphone if it is lost or stolen
- Wirelessly back up BlackBerry smartphones automatically on a daily, weekly or monthly basis to aid in the recovery of lost business-related content stored on the handset
- Protect content on an employee’s lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphone by remotely locking it and, if necessary, wiping the contents, including the microSD card
- Locate a lost BlackBerry smartphone by remotely locking it, initiating a loud ring, and displaying a message on the Home screen
- Easily restore the settings and content on a new or replacement device
- Reset a password
Did I mention all this can be preformed from a website for all 100 users with a few simple clicks ?
Did I also mention this is FREE ?
Here is what it looks like:
After you log in and set yourself as the administrator, you are able to add users:
Your users will receive and email asking them to join the Blackberry Management Center:
They will be required to enter their info:
and will be sent a Confirmation Code to verify that they are who they say they are:
The user has full control of what they allow the administrator to manage:
The administrator can see the following after the users sign up:
I like these features that the Administrator can initiate directly from the website:
You will notice that the Administrator can now manage the email accounts on the phone.
With various options including Signatures, Email Server settings, Synch options, Filters etc.:
The Administrator is also able to send communication to the individual users and/or the entire user group via this console:
Where do I sign up for FREE : www.blackberry.com/managementcenter.