BlackBerry is making progress towards integrating the BES 12 enterprise mobility platform with key technologies from its acquisition of Good Technology and WatchDox. The goal is to deliver a comprehensive cross-platform device, application and content management solution.
An updated BES 12.5 and other releases are due in the coming weeks, and administrators will gain the ability to securely manage entire mobile estates at the device, application and content levels, all from a single secure platform, according to the firm.
The first of these is the BES update itself, which BlackBerry has now positioned as a foundational component of the broader solution, known as Good Secure EMM Suites.
BlackBerry also plans to introduce features from its AtHoc crisis communications platform into the Good Dynamics suite, and new split billing solutions with BlackBerry WorkLife.
"With the latest enterprise portfolio enhancements, our Good Secure EMM Suites will provide customers with flexibility to apply security and policies across the various device, OS, container, application, network and file layers, from a single unified platform and console," said Billy Ho, BlackBerry's vice president for enterprise product and value added solutions.
BlackBerry began delivering updates to BES 12 to incorporate key technologies from the acquisitions of document security service WatchDox and mobile management firm Good Technology in January, following the acquisitions last year.
BES 12.5 means that the platform finally integrates seamlessly as the management centrepiece for every solution in Good Secure EMM Suites, the firm said. In addition, administrators now have the ability to deploy Good Dynamics apps in the Samsung Knox Workspace container on Samsung devices.
BES 12.5 also offers enhanced security by allowing administrators to define compliance rules for restricted OS versions and for devices that have may been out of contact with the management server for a specified period.
Meanwhile, the AtHoc mobile app is being built specifically for the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform, according to BlackBerry. This will be available from the end of July, and will simplify the user experience while putting crisis communications capabilities right onto the user's device.
Organisations using BlackBerry WorkLife will be able to analyse the cellular data use of any Good Dynamics or third-party applications developed with the Good Dynamics SDK v2.0 or later, and facilitate a reimbursement process for work-related data use to cover charges employees may incur when using approved business apps on iOS and Android devices, the firm said.
BlackBerry WorkLife solutions are due for launch at the end of June, along with the firm's enterprise software portfolio updates, BlackBerry said.
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