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Quick Take: S&R Pros Desperate To Ditch BlackBerry Should Rethink Their Strategy

BlackBerry Finally Opens BB10 OS To Third-Party Management

May 13, 2014

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On May 13, 2014, BlackBerry announced that it will open to third-party use the application program interface (API) that manages BlackBerry OS 10 devices. By opening the API, BlackBerry is embracing interoperability and looking to extend its cooperation with third parties such as Citrix, VMware/AirWatch, and eventually, other leading mobile device management (MDM) vendors. Enterprises will now be able to use MDM platforms, outside of the BlackBerry BES system, to manage current and future deployments of BlackBerry devices running BlackBerry OS 10 or later. This means that security groups can stop worrying about how quickly they can remove BlackBerry devices from their environment, and instead, create a phased plan to transition away from, or potentially even keep, their BlackBerry device deployments. Security professionals may even consider BlackBerry technology for specific use cases and user segments where security and other requirements warrant it.

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