- CrackBerry Abuser
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Bb10 balance feature
The bb10 balance has been described has a security wall between personal and work information. I haven't read anywhere how the balance feature can benefit the average consumer. Can anyone elaborate the full power of this feature for the consumer using the bb10 for there own personal use only.
- 01-02-13, 08:02 PM #5
- 01-02-13, 08:07 PM #7
- 01-02-13, 08:13 PM #8
What if you own your own business and you're the only employee and thus don't need to to pay a boat load of money to run BES, but would like to separate the information of your clients from your personal, information?
- CrackBerry Abuser
01-02-13, 08:49 PM #9
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Bb10 balance feature
I think it matters to consumers too in BYOD context. If I were to buy a phone which I may plug into employer's network, I would like to retain max flexibility on what apps to use and how I want to use MY phone and my employer cannot see my data at least in the "Play Zone".
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- 01-03-13, 07:10 AM #13
- 01-03-13, 07:52 AM #14
I can appreciate where some feel this would benefit the self employed, as I felt the same in the beginning. I was looking forward to having my work stuff set to a different profile, but after a while, I realized that I really don't want to be switching back and forth between profiles and two different hubs. It just adds extra steps that I don't currently have to do. Although it would be cool to show off, it doesn't seem logical unless there's a real NEED to separate the two, and if that's the case, invest in one of the enterprise packages that RIM offers.
- 01-03-13, 07:58 AM #15
Balance isnt anything new, the way to access it (and to a greater extent the way it has been implemented) has changed, but the concept has been around for some time. On BB10/QNX devices, Balance is a logical separation of the work and personal personas on the device. The data is kept in different "partitions" and encrypted separately. You do not see this at work if you only have one persona (personal or work).
- 01-03-13, 07:59 AM #16
- 01-03-13, 10:54 AM #17
Remember, a lot of smaller companies (like the one I work for) dumped BES as soon as the iPhone provided native ActiveSync capability to save cost. Times still aren't what they used to be. Companies are still trimming costs where ever they can. BES is something that will never be considered again if they don't have to. I think I lot of people that immediately bring up "BES" forget that.
So the question remains - for those of us that plan to BYOD (and that device is a BB 10) into a regular Exchange server office, what are our options, and can Balance be used in that situation? If not, then RIM is missing out on a big differentiation opportunity. If Balance is only available on BES, then they lose out on a vast majority of small business that see no reason to even look at it.
- 01-03-13, 11:21 AM #18
Honestly I don't know why it should be so difficult to offer everybody this basic feature and to include some further options into special enterprise package.
Besides, as TrioGM said the Balance represents one of the major new features of BB10, the other is about gestures (hub isn't really one, it only improves the existing system of notifications), if it is absent for 90% of users than bb10 becomes quite empty in terms of appeal arguments.
I hope it'll be more clear in a month, because the only thing I understand so far is that everybody understands the Rim statements in his own way. It's all about speculations...
- 01-03-13, 12:20 PM #20
We can't be sure of how balance works for sure right now and have even less info on how they might expand on the idea in the future, but for now what we do know is it is intended to allow people to have work devices not locked down quite so much and to not lose all their personal data due to IT wiping their phone when they left a job. These are useful things to some people, but a feature is not broken if it does not completely fit how you want it to work.
- CrackBerry Addict
01-21-13, 09:27 AM #21
- 587 Posts
Well folks. I like many on this thread want the balance feature. I run a small business (6 employees). My employees don't need it, but I seriously would like the ability to shut all my work email off at 5:30pm, but still have the same phone with my personal contacts active. That would. Be seriously cool. As a small business owner its nice to be able to 'shut it off' at night sometimes, but still be connected with your personal friends. I would imagine I'm not the only small business owner who feels this. In fact I was speaking with a friend of mine who is a huge Apple fan, when I told him about the balance feature his eyes lit up. This feature alone would pull him back to BlackBerry (if BES is not needed).
- 01-21-13, 10:38 AM #22
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