Today Research In Motion (RIM) announced that they have begun a Beta program to test BlackBerry 10 in a technical preview capacity. The program will include beta testing to a select 120 customers which includes 64 Fortune 500 companies and Government agencies. These select customers will begin Beta testing BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 and pre production BlackBerry 10 phones. This is really exciting news because it just furthers the progress of BlackBerry 10 being fully released. It puts RIM back into the limelight with the corporate world and strengthens it's business position as the leader in Enterprise security and integration.
Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ: RIMM, TSX: RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® 10 Technical Preview program, giving selected enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 and pre-production BlackBerry® 10 smartphones. The “by invitation” program starts today, with more than 120 select customers enrolled that span a variety of industries including financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media, and distribution. The mix includes 64 Fortune 500 companies.
The technical preview program will give organizations early access to RIM’s new enterprise mobility management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, along with a limited number of pre-production BlackBerry 10 smartphones for testing within their environment.
“Beginning today, RIM will be visiting some of our enterprise and government ‘early adopters’ and getting them started with the BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Robin Bienfait, Chief Information Officer, Research In Motion. “At RIM, we’ve seen the power of our new enterprise mobility management solution first-hand, and we are thrilled to share BlackBerry 10 directly with these leading organizations.”
“We’ve been anxiously waiting to put our hands on BlackBerry 10, and the time has come,” said John R. Delano, CIO, Integris Health. “BlackBerry has been a trusted partner for many years, and we’re excited to see what the next generation of BlackBerry solutions offer. We know we can rely on the security and manageability that BlackBerry offers, and we’re looking forward to adding fun to the list of benefits.”
Customers will have first-hand experience with features such as BlackBerry® Balance™, the BlackBerry® Hub, the ability to seamlessly flow between core applications, the dedicated enterprise app store and the BlackBerry 10 platform’s secure connectivity to behind the firewall applications and data through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.
“Getting devices early into the hands of its best and largest enterprise customers confirms the confidence RIM has in its new BlackBerry 10 platform and is an important step leading-up to its launch,” said Kevin Burden, Director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics. “Beyond reinforcing its commitment to those loyal to the BlackBerry platform’s future, the program stands to deliver valuable real-world feedback from multiple industries before RIM takes the platform live.”