With the launch event scheduled for January 30th, 2013, BlackBerry 10 is now more anticipated than ever by business customers and individuals alike. While video sneak peeks, live demos of the platform, and developer events may serve to feed personal interest, businesses also have a need to get prepared for the new mobile computing platform within their organizations.
Many organizations have already set up BlackBerry Mobile Fusion along with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5 in order to meet the BYOD challenge and manage cross-platform devices. We’ve also announced the upcoming BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, which will bring with it the management capabilities for BlackBerry 10 devices.
Now we’re excited to announce the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program, which is designed to help prepare your business environment for the launch of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. We’ll help you transition – at your pace – to an environment that provides device management capabilities across multiple platforms and that includes both smartphones and tablets. The program will help you be ready for the future.
Components of the Program
Think of the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program as a toolkit with options available for you to learn about what BlackBerry 10 has to offer, where to start, how to leverage what you already have, and be prepared for the new mobile computing landscape. The program is rolling out in stages, with the BlackBerry 10 Webcast Series and the BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer kicking off today. The BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services and the BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up offer will be available in the New Year prior to the launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
BlackBerry 10 Webcast Series
These on-demand webcasts will help you keep on top of all of the latest info, as well as help paint a clear picture of the direction that we’re taking the BlackBerry enterprise portfolio of solutions. The first 4 are available today in the newly designed BlackBerry Resource Center:
- The BlackBerry Enterprise Vision and Roadmap
- Enterprise Security Capabilities of BlackBerry 10
- Doing More with Enterprise Applications and BlackBerry 10
- BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10: The Smart Choice for Multi-Platform BYOD
Additional webcasts will be announced on a regular basis and will continue to become available leading up to the launch of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and beyond. We’ll also be hosting Q&A panel webinars to make sure that you’re getting the information that you need – submit questions in advance to BlackBerryEnterpriseKnowledge@rim.com. For convenience, transcripts of the webinars will be available as a PDF.
BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer (NA Only)
Note: This component is currently only available for customers in North America with BlackBerry Technical Support at the Advantage level or higher. RIM will announce as the offer becomes available in additional countries.
This component of the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program is a straightforward three-step process to help get your IT department ready for action, with a free BlackBerry 10 device to boot (conditions apply – check out the web site for details). If you’ve got a BlackBerry Technical Support Services contract with RIM at the Advantage level or higher, simply register for the program, download and install BlackBerry Mobile Fusion within the promotional period, receive a free Client Access License (CAL), check out some online training modules, pass 3 tests to verify your knowledge, and get a free BlackBerry 10 device at launch*.
BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services, and BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up
These two components of the program will be available in the New Year to line up with the availability of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. More details will be available here on the Inside BlackBerry for Business Blog, and at the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program web site, so head over and check it out! Let us know if you have any questions in the comments.