Mobile Fusion Released... Will it Work?
Here is the link to the Front Pager on CB:
but my question is, WILL IT WORK... Will it be able to do all the things it says? Will 'regular' people be able to use it?
What are the advantages?
I was pretty disappointed that the ad for it ONLY showed RIM devices... i thought this was FOR iOS and DROID, why are they only showing BB/PB? The RIM marketing team really needs to be reorganized or something.
- 04-03-2012, 03:47 PM #4
It doesnt appear anything the average Joe can use at first glance. I briefly looked into this morning and it appears you have to be running a server already (BES, BESx etc). I need to look more into it tonight. I am not sure if it requires different servers for different devices (android, iOS, BB) either. The main problem i had this morning and gave up for now was it didnt want to install everything on Windows 8. I didnt try to do comparability mode and I am sure this will be rectified with time but still it was enough to put it off this morning and go do yard work in 80* weather lol
- 04-03-2012, 04:12 PM #5
Mobile fusion isn't for regular users.
Mobile fusion is the next BES, Mobile fusion will be something RIM will work into BIS, to regular joe is means nothing unless your company has/had a BES,
Mobile fusion is a MDM, if you don't know what MDM is, you don't really need to be concerned with Mobile fusion.
to IT departmens, and Enterprise it means they no longer have to make the choice, BlackBerry or other, they can allow all devices to coexist in the same BYOD work environment, and they can issue PlayBook to BES enabled email accounts
- 04-03-2012, 04:24 PM #6
Yeah i figured it wouldnt be for everyday use. I was thinking something for smaller business that support BYOD and such. I am sure many bigger businesses and such will find it useful as well
I suggested in another thread that an iphone/android with the option of dual booting BB OS would be a very interesting thing. Is this bringing those devices towards BB OS or just allowing some of the functions to be used? Is it confusing/difficult to use?
i would use it myself and answer these, but i dont have access to it
*** Side Note: RIM stock down to $13??? After this release???
If we could input this data into MF we would then be able to send the information that each staff needs to that staff. If i have 12 youth under my care I would have access to their forms, emergency numbers, allergies, etc. It could really help, and that is only one example.
- 04-03-2012, 04:33 PM #9
Like deRusett pointed out this is much more advanced than many think it is. I am guessing RIM intends this to go hand in hand with BES and eventually replace it would be my guess. Just have to see how it catches on
- 04-03-2012, 04:38 PM #10
Any iPhone or Android user who already has a company controlled device via MDM solutions will not have issues, it is the company's that USED to allow BYOD devices to be free of company control that might get upset that theoretically Mobile fusion will be able to Block things like Facebook during company time, and would restrict how a user deals with company documents,
I know company's really have a hard time dealing with internal document controls because people get them to their mobile phones and then can remove them easily and forward them off with other email accounts Mobile Fusion should be able to patch leaks like that combined with BlackBerry Balance. It will be interesting to see how RIM's service revenue changes over this quarter as company's adopt RIM for their MDM service provider,
I am interested to see if RIM will make Mobile fusion available to BESX users maybe for a small fee? so that SMB's can have multidevice MDM solutions on the cheap.
- 04-03-2012, 05:01 PM #12
I think this is a great move by RIM. For right now, they need every avenue of cash flow possible.
Is RIM competing with anyone at the moment on this level of MDM (as in why an IT dept. wouldn't use Mobile Fusion)?
- 04-03-2012, 05:10 PM #13
my primary employer is 100% BlackBerry, there is no advantage for them to bring mobile fusion in, and the fact they never brought in MVS which would have had it's advantages for us, makes me think any added functionality mobile fusion brings we wont see unless it comes to us for free.
and my secondary employer does not issue phones, we are able to use our personal devices and there is no company control, the company is not big enough, and the split seems to be down the middle between iOS and BlackBerry users MDM solutions just wouldn't make sense.
- 04-03-2012, 05:22 PM #14
I believe Good Technology Good Technology is the leading Alternative to BES/MF as an MDM provider, I know there are a few others, but I don't really pay attention to them,
IT admins and CIO's that still have BES solutions in house really have no reason to not adopt mobile fusion and those company's like Ford who use 2 solutions for Management of devices can move everything under BES/MF
- CrackBerry Abuser
04-03-2012, 05:23 PM #15"Forget dropped calls (iPhone). I can't answer calls because I'm still waiting for the 10th re-boot of the day to finish loading"
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- 04-03-2012, 05:24 PM #16
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- 04-03-2012, 05:26 PM #17
- 04-03-2012, 05:29 PM #18
Look at Apple, Analysts said this week "Apple, the maker of the iPhone is poised to be the first Trillion dollar company, with shares expected to reach $1000 in 12 months" and suddenly Apple shares go up, The media attention being positive grows share value, just as media attention being negative reduces share value
- 04-03-2012, 07:05 PM #20
Like others have said, mobile fusion runs with BES 5.0.3 and allows you to manage blackberry, PlayBooks, ios, and android. If you are all blackberry and nothing else i dont see the advantage but if at some point you think of bringing in ios and android you could. This is for companies not individuals (bes admins). This is a great step but I see it as a little to late. Our company is investing in mobile iron temporary and then GOOD as a long term solution I believe. If rim had mobile fusion out earlier it would have been really good.Ballin with Blackberry Z10 OS 10.1.0.1762 and
Blackberry Playbook y0!!
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- 04-03-2012, 07:16 PM #21
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It could be that they want to be able to say that they have been running it for thirty/sixty days or whatever, but the announcements must come or folks will conclude they will be the test cases.
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04-03-2012, 08:24 PM #23
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To manage BlackBerry smartphones with BlackBerry Mobile Fusion, BlackBerry Enterprise Sever v5.0.3 or BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express v5.0.3 is required
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- 04-03-2012, 08:26 PM #24
- CrackBerry Genius
04-03-2012, 08:30 PM #25
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found this at bloomberg Introducing BlackBerry Mobile Fusion-RIM Launches Next - Bloomberg
BlackBerry Mobile Fusion software is available as a free download and is priced by the number of devices being managed. Client access licenses (CALs) start at $99 per user or $4 per user per month (billed annually); volume discounts are also available.
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