Swiss Re taps Microsoft Lumia and MobileIron for BYOD, dumps BlackBerry

MobileIron today said global reinsurer Swiss Re has abandoned BlackBerry smartphones and will use Microsoft Lumia 635 phones. MobileIron will be managing nearly 7,000 Nokia mobile devices as part of the BYOD deal.

By implementing the new bring-your-own-device scheme, Swiss Re is ensuring that its employees will have a choice between a corporate-owned Windows Phone or bringing in their own devices (BYOD). MobileIron’s enterprise mobility management (EMM) solution will be used for both personal and corporate devices.

Swiss Re is planning to replace the last of the 2,500+ BlackBerry devices by the end of May in favor of Nokia Lumia 635 phones, personal smartphones or tablet devices. MobileIron will manage nearly 7,000 mobile devices as per the deal.


Swiss Re, a wholesale reinsurance and insurance provider based in Switzerland, expects around 80 percent of its employees will decide to use their personal mobile devices.

“We place great value on BYOD. We want our employees to be able to work the way they want, with technology they are familiar with,” said Urs Moser, Swiss Re’s Expert Infrastructure Architect and Vice President of Information Technology.

Swiss Re’s IT department already manages 4,500 iPhones and iPads via the MobileIron platform, which it deployed in 2009.

Swiss Re will migrate all devices from Lotus Notes to Exchange, and will utilize MobileIron platform for the shift.

Swiss Re’s proprietary apps, including a sales app and an iPad app to support board meetings, is also expected to be migrated to MobileIron’s AppConnect containerization technology or Tunnel per-app VPN.

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