The ongoing battle between Blackberry, iOS and Android users as to whose platform is best has taken an interesting turn with the recent announcement that RIM (Research in Motion) the manufacturer of Blackberry is releasing a set of cross platform enterprise mobility tools entitled Multi Fusion.
The tools have been designed to simplify the headache facing corporate IT heads trying to effectively manage their employees’ smart phones and tablets running either BlackBerry, Google Android and Apple iOS operating systems or a combination of all three. Much of this is due to the growing trend of companies adopting a ‘bring your own device to use at work’ approach, giving IT bosses a plethora of issues to digest.
Blackberry Multi Fusion, which is currently undergoing beta testing and heading for a late March 2012 release, has certainly gained credibility points over its competitors who have yet to do anything remotely similar.
Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion is quick to point out “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console. It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organisations.”
As far as actual mobile device management capabilities is concerned, Blackberry Multi Fusion will offer:
- Asset management
- Configuration management
- Security and policy definition and management
- Secure and protect lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe)
- User- and group-based administration
- Multiple device per user capable
- Application and software management
- Connectivity management (Wi-Fi®, VPN, certificate)
- Centralised console
- High scalability
This is great news for under fire IT bosses, but perhaps it’s also a first step towards platform harmony?