Introducing BlackBerry Balance!

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Today, we’re very excited to announce BlackBerry® Balance™* technology!

We’ve built BlackBerry Balance with everyone in your company in mind. Employees will be happy knowing they can carry the BlackBerry® smartphone that best suits their needs and personality; your Chief Risk Officer and IT admins will be relieved knowing that they can now secure business information on personal devices; and everyone will be more connected knowing that one device lets you access both personal and corporate data.

BlackBerry Balance is part of the BlackBerry® Enterprise Server 5.0.3 release and also BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express, and we see it as a major step forward for today’s IT managers who are responsible for BlackBerry smartphone deployments.

Other features of BlackBerry Balance have been designed to allow you to:

  • Manage IT policies that define a line between work and personal data: Applications and data pushed to BlackBerry smartphones from the BlackBerry Enterprise Server are identified and restricted from being accessed by personal applications (if the IT policy is set to this restriction) to help keep business information secure. Personal applications cannot access business information, and business information cannot be copy-and-pasted into personal applications or email messages.
  • Use your existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server infrastructure, so there’s little or no need to add to your current architecture.
  • Keep data secure and protect the network: BlackBerry Balance technology allows business information to be removed from smartphones while leaving personal information intact. If an employee leaves the organization, administrators can remotely wipe only business information from a BlackBerry smartphone. Or, if a device is lost or stolen, an administrator can wipe all information from the device to help ensure both the business’ and the user’s personal information don’t fall into the wrong hands.

As always, click here if you’d like to find out more about BlackBerry Balance technology – also, be sure to check out the official press release from the BlackBerry World™ conference!

But I’d love to hear from you – what are your current policies around employees bringing in their own devices?

* BlackBerry Balance technology requires BlackBerry Enterprise Server version 5.0.3 or later, and a BlackBerry smartphone with a supported version of BlackBerry Device Software version 6.0 or later.

About Hilary A.

Hilary works within the Global Business Communications group at Research In Motion (RIM), with a focus on connecting BlackBerry smartphone devices with events, individuals and organizations who are Thought Leaders in Enterprise. Previously an entrepreneur, Hilary began at RIM as a subject matter expert within the Small and Medium-sized Business Marketing Team. She is passionate about cultural movements, new media, meeting interesting people and local arts & culture. Her favorite app is Twitter for BlackBerry smartphones.

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