BlackBerry recently announced that it has completed another step of its integration of the BES12, Good Dynamics and WatchDox by BlackBerry products for a single, comprehensive management experience. Whereas best of breed management of devices, apps and content has traditionally required multiple consoles from multiple vendors, with BlackBerry´s multi-OS EMM platform administrators will be able to securely manage their full mobile deployment at the device, app and content layer from a single secure platform with unmatched control. In addition, BlackBerry will introduce AtHoc for Good Dynamics and new split billing solutions with BlackBerry WorkLife.
“With the latest enterprise portfolio enhancements, our Good Secure EMM Suites will provide customers with flexibility to apply security and policies across the various device, OS, container, application, network and file layers, from a single unified platform and console,” said Billy Ho, executive vice president, Enterprise Product and Value Added Solutions, BlackBerry.
BlackBerry continues to integrate key capabilities from its enterprise software portfolio into the Good Secure EMM Suites to provide organizations with the flexibility they need as they use mobility to empower employees and transform their business. Enterprises typically consist of different user bases and data sensitivities that require multiple security approaches. In addition, many organizations enable various device ownership models such as BYOD, COPE or COBO that create different requirements for protecting user privacy. By integrating BES12, Good Dynamics and WatchDox by BlackBerry, organizations can choose the right approach across all users, device and OS platforms and ownership models without creating administrative overhead and while controlling their TCO spend.
Customers will be able to deploy Good Dynamics apps in KNOX Workspace, combining the BES12 unique end-end management and security capabilities for KNOX Workspace devices with the rich experience of the Good Dynamics platform and productivity apps. Customers can then leverage a unified self-service portal that can be customized by the organization, and that delivers a refreshed end-user experience.
In addition to enhancing the unified administrative experience for the Good Secure EMM Suites, BlackBerry also announced the AtHoc mobile app for Good and split billing features with BlackBerry WorkLife. These new capabilities will be integrated with the Good Dynamics platform, enhancing the security and deployment options for these solutions.
- Networked crisis communication - The AtHoc mobile app is being built specifically for the Good Dynamics Secure Mobility Platform putting the industry’s leading crisis communications capabilities in the palm of a hand. The AtHoc app will simplify the user experience while adding security and controls that users have come to expect from the Good platform. During an event, users of the app can receive critical alerts, send one-click duress signals, and share photos and video along with their real-time GPS location to provide further awareness and protection.
- Split billing for cost control - with BlackBerry WorkLife - Advanced Analytics, users can monitor cellular data usage of any Good Dynamics, custom built and third-party applications developed with the Good Dynamics SDK v2.0 or later, produce reports and shape usage policies, all without infringing on personal privacy or content. Companies can see the exact cellular data usage over time by app, user, device or carrier graphically, with filters so they can quickly identify patterns or drill down into the details. The data can be also exported for offline analysis to support stipend calculations, chargeback or compliance demands. Personal data usage or activity on the same device is never tracked, and no change in user behavior or mobile device installations are required.
- BlackBerry WorkLife - Reimbursement goes a step further by facilitating the reimbursement process for work-related data usage to cover the charges employees incur when they use approved business apps on iOS and Android™ devices. This way, organizations can ensure they’re paying only for the data employees use for work, reducing or eliminating stipends and reimbursement programs while pre-empting HR, tax and compliance issues at the same time.
The enterprise software portfolio updates and BlackBerry WorkLife solutions will be launching at the end of June 2016, and the AtHoc mobile app for Good will be available at the end of July 2016.