BlackBerry opens its operating system to mobile device management companies

New Delhi: Smartphone maker BlackBerry Ltd is opening its operating system (OS) BlackBerry 10 to mobile device management (MDM) companies to get a stronger foothold in the Internet of things (IoT) market.
IoT is an evolving space with billions of devices being connected on-the-go and consumers looking for information from connected devices, equipment and infrastructure. The “strategic move” by the Canadian firm will enable MDM companies to directly manage devices with the BlackBerry 10 OS and is expected to help the company check losses and fund turnaround efforts.
MDM enables management control of mobile devices, like locking and wiping data from them. It is an important part of mobility management and aids firms to be able to effectively deploy and manage work apps.
“AirWatch, Citrix and IBM have expressed their intent to be the first companies to work with BlackBerry to enable a more open mobility ecosystem,” it said in a statement. In doing so, BlackBerry will provide organisations more options to embrace multi-operating system mobile environments by enabling other MDM companies to manage BlackBerry 10 devices, BlackBerry added.