At Mobile World Congress 2014, BlackBerry announced plans for BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES12).
BlackBerry’s enterprise strategy is to extend beyond EMM to an application-based environment and ecosystem that provides a productive end-user experience. This will enable organizations to develop and deploy new services to mobile devices faster.
BlackBerry will target a global market that IDC has forecasted to reach $4.8 billion by 2017.
“BES10 is the only mobility management solution that meets the highest security demands of regulated industries and is also flexible enough for BYOD,” said John Sims, president, Global Enterprise Solutions at BlackBerry. “This value proposition is why the new BES12 architecture is designed to ensure that the more than 80,000 existing BES customers can seamlessly migrate forward.”
The company is developing the next generation of the BES platform to enable organizations to develop enterprise-grade applications that can be quickly deployed to BlackBerry smartphones and other mobile devices.
Backwards Compatible and Future Proof
BlackBerry OS devices will be supported and the new platform provides the foundation for customers to integrate new mobile endpoints, enhanced user self-service, advanced service management, highly scalable datacenter-grade deployments, and implement active-active high availability clusters for ultimate reliability.
Enhanced Multi-Platform Support
BlackBerry continues its commitment to providing multi-platform solutions and will add support for Windows Phone 8 in addition to already supported iOS, Android and BlackBerry 10.
Advanced Service Management
Proactive monitoring and systems tuning delivers a complete end-to-end perspective of the BES management platform and automates problem resolution.
Connect Cloud and Mobile
The flexibility and scalability of the new BES12 architecture will provide customers with the ability to move from on-premise to the cloud effortlessly and securely. The new platform will support all deployment models, including on-premise, public cloud, private cloud and hybrid environments.
BlackBerry delivers the tools and integration points to easily develop and deploy securely connected enterprise apps across all supported platforms.
BlackBerry announced today a new EZ Pass program that provides free migration for customers to move from BES and other MDM platforms to BES10 as well as a new pricing structure.
For existing BlackBerry customers, the EZ Pass program will match any active existing on-premise BES license and any active license customers may have from other MDM vendors with a corresponding Silver level BES10 perpetual license. Customers will also receive free Advantage-level technical support with their new license to help them get up and running fast.
BlackBerry also announced today several new enterprise-grade applications including eBBM Suite, a new family of products and services that work with BlackBerry smartphones and the BES10 platform to provide enterprise-class mobile messaging.