BlackBerry 10 Jam Enterprise Tour – Toronto
BlackBerry 10 Jam Enterprise Tour – Toronto
Yup I signed up, showed up and was quite impressed at what RIM had to show, share, and also to see that BB10 Developers are enthused at what has to offer. Administrators, or those that are curious can search for and review current BES 5.0.4 documentation here.
Saying that Developers are enthused is saying a lot considering their quite recluse in their showing of any elation.
The venue was well chosen, not too costly and definitely accomodating with 2 breakfasts’, Lunch, and 2 intermission snacks served at the Chelsea Inn off Gerrard Street in Toronto.
Attendance was well over my expectations, considering this was for a BES Enterprise programmers session, and not just freelance developers (public dev’s I call them).
Let me be up-front … I did NOT receive a DevAlpha B device … I’m no developer, and RIM has done a fantastic job of authenticate developers: posers vs REAL Developers.
RIM Staff on site where using RIM devices … practicing what they preach [9900, PlayBook, and 9790]. Impressive!
RIM is working with corporate vendor partners to ensure the applications that corporate users and enterprises rely on.
SAP, Citrix, Cisco, Box.net, SalesForce.com, Splashtop, Adobe, et cetera.
RIM has a strong vision & road-map going into the future, and their not playing around. RIM is leaner, meaner, and “laser focus” to deliver. Their in this to win their users/business BACK.
Attendees where shown a taste of BB10 DevAlpha and its ability to project device content externally, and also like the PlayBook, to display separate content internally.
BlackBerry Balance … in a word is THE BEST Security implementation to protect Corporate data, and protecting YOUR personal data from the corporation. Those of you born in generation X did not have paranoia of “big brother” and in many ways understand that RIM’s BES imbodies “Big Brother” via its IT Policy’s. After all that is the GOAL of IT Policy’s … for us as worker bees to adhere to and not leave potential security leaks to the error of human nature (we want to share). However, RIM is THEY ONLY company that a) offers such a breadth of IT Policy’s b) security (both hardware encryption/end to end data transmission), while c) offering complete peace of mind that your personal data will remain intact in the event of an IT Policy security wipe … without changing the end user experience that you’re used to with the device out of the box.
The following has separate instances of Personal/Work data:
PIM: Calendar, Tasks, Notes, Alerms/Alerts
File Browser (yes even the file system can be locked down and protected).
Applications: Enterprise Deployed or not can also be secured separately.
NOTE: Should you have BB10 device deployed on BES10, and your personal document is edited, that too is now corporate data – yet the original remains yours. Original I griped at this philosophy yet quickly thought it is the best solution as the competition, users circumvent corporate data security implementations by doing this or similar tasks. I’m sure RIM will adjust this based on the source of the document/file, and in which instance it was opened up into.
Developers can create and deploy BB10 Applications completely internally, without RIM ever having knowing about that internally created app, nor having a copy. However ALL BB10 applications must be signed before they can be deployed. BES10 has its own AppWorld, controlled in Balance, to deploy in-house applications.
The Core of this event was for the developers. Not just simply talking about the ‘code’ or the tools (which where provided for free to all: PC/Mac and support to work on Linux as well offered).
The key presentation was to show how the upcoming BES10 Enterprise solution … I’ll say it again, the “solution” can deliver FAR more than the competition:
Behind the firewall Access for corporate applications
(ability to access Software, DB’s, VM-enviro’s, file systems on Servers/workstations or services).
(Securing Corporate data without restricting users personal experience = BB Balance). Auto identifies Enterprise data based on its source.
Developers can enforce work apps to connect to BB Device Service (MDS) on BES.
Application availability controlled by BES/AppWorld:
Optional or Required by end user or a group.
Mandatory applications can be Silently pushed to the end user devices … NO MORE REBOOTS are required!! IMPRESSIVE! (rejoice).
BB10 Data Flow
Developers, press, and those that work in IT and manage BlackBerry devices via BES where ALL presented with a treat of sorts. RIM’s own head of BB10 programming was on hand, not just to present – which was most impressive, but also to take unprepared questions and literally on the fly demonstrated his advice and solution regarding WebWorks/HTML5 coding … showing an application he developed previously demonstrating his experience and advice. WOW! Most Impressive!
(if I can get the video orientated correctly I’ll load it asap)! You should’ve seen the look of awe on all the developers in the room! It was definitely palpable and the aplause was sincere!
RIM did a fantastic job on this event … and I was ONLY able to attend the morning show … the afternoon was dedicated to developers directly with hands on coding debugging, code guidance & help, and solutions to the tough issues programmers face.
Some more media to share – taken first hand.