BLACKBERRY ANNOUNCED PLANS on Wednesday to open its Blackberry 10 (BB10) mobile operating system to third-party mobile device management (MDM) firms, including Airwatch, Citrix and IBM.
Blackberry's move will allow MDM firms to directly manage devices running BB10, which the firm claimed will allow it to provide businesses with more options and an easier way to embrace multi-operating system environments, as well as helping it fund turnaround efforts.
In its announcement, Blackberry boasted that AirWatch, Citrix and IBM intend to be the first companies to work with it to enable a more open mobility ecosystem.
Ron Louks, president of devices and emerging solutions at Blackberry, said, "Offering the end-to-end secure solutions valued by our customers in government and other regulated industries remains central to our strategy; however Blackberry understands the opportunity and importance of opening our Blackberry 10 software.
"This is a natural next step in our enterprise strategy as we seek to provide our customers with maximum choice in how they will meet the full array of employee mobility needs."
Despite this, however, Blackberry reaffirmed that it intends to remain the leader in the enterprise mobile management (EMM) market, noting that it will release the next version of its cross-platform management tool Blackberry Enterprise Service 12 (BES 12) later this year.
John Sims, president of enterprise services at Blackberry added, "Nothing is more secure than a Blackberry device managed by a Blackberry server, because we secure end-to-end from the device, server and network level."
Blackberry has scheduled BES12, which adds support for Windows Phone 8, for release in "late 2014". µ