RIM has introduced several updates to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5 software, including support for separating business and personal content on BlackBerry devices, a single sign-on tool and self-service security features.
BES 5.0.2 aims to allow IT departments to remotely remove corporate data from employee-owned devices without affecting personal information.
This has been designed to encourage employees to bring their own BlackBerry to work, according to the firm.
The software is expected to be supported by upcoming versions of the BlackBerry OS, and additional tools to keep corporate and personal content separate on employee-owned devices are expected later this year, RIM added.
The single sign-on feature allows administrators and end users to log in to BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager and BlackBerry Administration Service once they have signed in to the network, without the need to re-enter details.
Smartphone users can access the intranet, files and business systems behind a firewall directly from their BlackBerry smartphone without the need to enter a network password as the device is already authenticated via Active Directory and BlackBerry Enterprise Server.
End users with BlackBerry smartphones connected to a BlackBerry Enterprise Server also have access to self-service security features via the BlackBerry Web Desktop Manager.
Users can reset the device password, lock the handset, remotely delete all data and disable the BlackBerry in the event that it is lost or stolen.
These functions were previously restricted to IT administrators, and RIM allows IT departments to retain control of this feature and to disable it if they wish.
Support for Chrome 4.0, Internet Explorer 8, Firefox 3.6 and Safari 4 has also been incorporated, and the software now supports seven languages.
BES 5.0.2 aims to deliver enhanced operational efficiency and cost savings, RIM said. The updates could achieve this by reducing the amount of calls logged into IT helpdesks.
The ability to separate business and personal data could also attract businesses to invest in BlackBerry devices and encourage employees to use personal handsets for work.
RIM suffered a PR blow in May when UK bank Standard Chartered said it will offer its workers globally a switch to the iPhone if they wish.
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