PHOTO - Daniel Pratt, Solutions Specialist, Malaysia, Research In Motion (RIM).
Research in Motion has released an enterprise mobile solution, called BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, that will help enterprises provide a more secure and centralised management of their employees' Android, BlackBerry, and iOS devices, said.the mobile solutions provider.
Speaking on August 8 2012, Research in Motion (RIM) solutions specialist, Malaysia, Daniel Pratt said, "BlackBerry Mobile Fusion provides a centralised and secure management platform for BlackBerry, iOS and Android-based devices."
Pratt said the mobile device management (MDM) solution, which is now available in Malaysia, was built on the foundation behind BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and would help enterprises meet the rising adoption of personal mobile devices for work use.
"The consumerisation of IT is significantly changing how organisations approach their mobility and device strategies," said IDC's associate vice president of Asia Pacific end user & mobility research, Tim Dillon.
"One consequence of this - companies are increasingly faced with a multi-OS, multi-device environments," said Dillon. "IDC's research in Asia-Pacific also indicates that about 60 percent of organisations surveyed have plans in the next 12 months to move to an employee-bought phone and cease providing corporate phones directly for the majority of employees. With tablets, the percentage of organisations planning to enable their employees to bring their own device is about 70 percent."
"In this context, overwhelmingly, almost 60 percent of surveyed organisations cited employee productivity as the primary reason for allowing employees to bring their own devices to work." he said. "Not surprisingly with the use of employee-purchased devices growing, organisations have concerns in supporting their employees in this changing environment. The top issues? Managing personal usage on devices, particularly gaining greater visibility of usage costs and security."
In July 2012, RIM commissioned IDC to conduct a survey, Consumerisation of IT and the Evolution of Mobile Security. The data was drawn from CIOs and IT executives from medium to large organisations across multiple sectors including government, education, financial services, consumer goods, manufacturing, and health. These respondents attended roundtable sessions, which were held in June, in Singapore, Sydney, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Beijing and Mumbai.
Managing the chaos
"For businesses and government, managing a mix of mobile devices on any scale is chaotic. Organisations face pressure to allow employees to bring their own devices into the workplace, and they are looking to RIM as the global leader in the enterprise mobility space to solve that problem," said RIM director for Malaysia, Annamalai Muthu.
"BlackBerry Mobile Fusion allows organisations to manage a mixed environment of devices in the most secure, simple, and cost efficient manner possible," said Muthu. "It also means that businesses and government do not have to move to the lowest common denominator on security for all the devices they need to manage."
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