BlackBerry Device Management Platform Hits the Cloud

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BlackBerry has announced its plan to offer a cloud-based version of its device management platform BES12, which will make the service more accessible to small- and medium-sized businesses needing to secure devices on their own networks.

The Waterloo, Ontario-based company is known for its device management and security expertise, but up until now has mainly catered to the needs of large government agencies and corporations. BlackBerry is now broadening its offerings, as data security needs become more critical.

“We are trying to broaden the enterprise mobility management space,” said BlackBerry Chief Operation Officer Marty Beard on a conference call with media. “And a cloud version really enables us to broaden our footprint.”

Growing demands from smaller companies requiring cloud-based capabilities, and from larger companies with smaller divisions, lead BlackBerry to unveil this new offering.

“This is definitely not just an offering for the small- and medium-sized businesses, but something we think larger companies will be interested in as well.”

BlackBerry’s cloud-based device management offering was unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and will be made available to customers later this month.