GEMA, RIM partner on MDM deployments
INDUSTRYBy BiztechAfrica - Sept. 22, 2012, 9:33 a.m.
GEMA, the Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance, and Research In Motion (RIM) have announced an agreement to jointly deliver global managed mobility solutions for multinational customers. Leveraging BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion, RIM’s Mobile Device Management solution, and supported by the global managed mobility services from GEMA members, customers will have a globally consistent approach to service delivery and technical expertise, offering them the best possible experience from their mobile deployments comprising BlackBerry®, iOS®, and Android™ devices.
GEMA currently comprises of seven members that collectively span much of the globe: Berkley Technical Services Limited (UK and Ireland); Emitac Mobile Solutions, LLC (EMS) (Middle East, Africa, CIS, and Eastern Europe); GPXS Services BVBA (The Netherlands, Belgium, Spain and France); MSC Mobility Pty Ltd (Australia and New Zealand); Mobi All Technologia S.A. (known as Navita) (Latin America); Schiffl Mobile GmbH (Germany, Austria and Switzerland); and Vox Mobile Inc. (US and Canada). The seven GEMA organizations are also each Elite members of the BlackBerry® Alliance Program, and GEMA is currently in discussions with other members of the BlackBerry Alliance Program that are also interested in joining GEMA and the global initiative with RIM.
GEMA and RIM understand that multinational customers are faced with an increasingly complex multi-platform mobile environment, challenges with BYOD, and that global workforces require the information and applications needed to serve their customers effectively while maintaining the security of information on smartphones and tablets. GEMA and RIM are jointly bringing to market the products and services that can enable multinational customers to keep their mobile workforces reliably and securely connected, serviced 24x7, and able to meet a rapidly changing global business environment.
GEMA members will offer BlackBerry Mobile Fusion as a managed service to deliver a cost-efficient, secure, reliable, and scalable solution that provides:
- mobile device management (MDM) and administration for BlackBerry, iOS, and Android smartphones and tablets
- the ability to push mandatory applications and updates to BlackBerry users and alerts to iOS and Android users of required applications
- BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, a feature of BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry® PlayBook™ tablets that enables a customer to use their device for both work and personal purposes by keeping business information and applications highly secure and separate from personal information
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will prepare organizations for a simple and straightforward upgrade to BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, which will launch with the first BlackBerry® 10 devices. BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 is designed to integrate an existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server deployment and manage BlackBerry® 7 OS and prior smartphones, BlackBerry 10 devices, BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, and iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, all from a single, unified web-based console.
Derek Peper, VP, Enterprise Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at RIM, said, “Mobility in multinational organizations continues to expand with both company-provisioned and BYOD devices, creating new challenges for them. RIM has successfully worked closely with the GEMA members for many years to provide our mutual customers with first-class BlackBerry services and support. We are delighted to extend these relationships globally and partner with GEMA to provide multinational customers with world class managed mobility solutions.”
Kris Snyder, CEO of Vox Mobile and Chair of the GEMA Steering Group, said, “Each of the GEMA members has built their business on the market and technologies created by RIM. We are each very proud to be able to work closely with RIM and support our customers in the next phase in the evolution of enterprise mobility. The BlackBerry solution offers a consistently high level of security, reliability, and manageability for customers around the globe, which is uniquely matched by the consistently high level of global service GEMA provides our customers.”
MORE INDUSTRY NEWS
Miro named official distributor of Deliberant and LigoWaveDeliberant Inc has appointed Miro as an official distributor for their Deliberant and LigoWave products in Southern Africa. Read More
Business Connexion achieves 2nd tier datacentre certification for SA datacentreThe Uptime Institute, The Global Data Centre Authority, has awarded Business Connexion its 2nd Tier IV datacentre certification for its New Road Data Centre 2 (NDC2). Read More
Store, stream and share on your tablet or smartphoneStore, stream and share on your tablet or smartphone with the Verbatim MediaShare Wireless from DCC. Read More
AccTech Namibia crowned as Sage ERP Africa’s top Namibian PartnerAccTech Namibia, a regional alliance partner of Sage Premier Partner AccTech Systems, was recently crowned Namibia’s top business partner at the Sage ERP Africa’s annual partner conference. Read More
Huawei opens its first store in AfricaHuawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, has announced the launch of its first store in Africa. Read More
SAP unveils next step for the cloud powered by SAP HANACustomers Can Now Benefit from New Pricing and Access to the SAP HANA® Platform; SAP HANA Marketplace Simplifies Discovery, Purchase and Deployment. Read More
MTN SA standardises international call ratesMTN South Africa has standardised international call rates across its prepaid, top up, and contract price plans. Read More
First National Bank Chooses 1E to Lower Energy Consumption1E has announced that First National Bank (FNB) of South Africa has selected NightWatchman Enterprise to reduce energy consumption, on its estate of 8,500 workstations, during peak demand times, overnight and during weekends. Read More
Attix5, Pamoja at the epicentre of cloud service to AfricaGlobal provider of data protection software and cloud solutions, Attix5, says it is using its strategic partnership with Pamoja, the Cloud services business unit of Pan-African ICT enabler SEACOM, to meet an increasing need for cloud services across Africa. Read More
FEATURED STORYMACRA demystifies spectrum management
Malawi's regulator explains the issues around spectrum allocation. Gregory Gondwe reports.
BEST READ NEWS
IN DEPTHYouthConnekt launches Mobile Apps for Human Development Challenge in Rwanda
Rwanda’s Ministry of Youth and ICT and the UNDP, in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions, will power a Mobile App Challenge that will be implemented by YouthConnekt.