RIM launching Mobile Fusion management tool for Android iOS phones and tablets

first_imgResearch in Motion has been a respected player in the corporate IT world for quite some time. The company’s position has slipped more recently as Android and iOS gained footholds in enterprise settings, but RIM is still a force to be reckoned with. Now it has announced BlackBerry Mobile Fusion — a smartphone and tablet management system that plays nice with competitors’ devices, too.Mobile Fusion brings BlackBerry Protect functionality to Android 2.1-2.3 devices as well as iPhones and iPads running iOS 4+. The omission of Honeycomb and Ice Cream Sandwich is a glaring one, but the service isn’t set to launch until early 2012 — so there’s plenty of time for RIM to add support for the OS versions which power most Android tablets. With a Mobile Fusion server in place, a company would be able to set password and app installation rules and check for compliance. Supported devices can also be remotely locked and wiped — as BlackBerry phones with the BlackBerry Protect can. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see other Protect features added, like remote backup and GPS tracking.RIM might have gotten a lot of bad press this year for falling sales figures in the US, but getting consumers to buy your phones isn’t the only way to make money in the mobile marketplace. There’s even plenty of profit for the taking if you don’t sell phones to businesses. RIM’s management solution could be huge, and it looks like it’s going to launch at exactly the right time — just as interest in BYOD (bring your own device) starts to spike.Even Google is aware of the enormous potential that lies with enterprise device management. You’ve got to think that the folks in Mountain View noticed 3LM — who builds enterprise security and management software for Android devices — in Motorola’s portfolio when acquisition talks began.There are already some smaller companies offering corporate solutions like Mobile Fusion, but RIM could be the first on the scene with any real street cred. If they can be first and offer a truly useful tool that resonates with corporate IT types, Mobile Fusion could be a winner for the Canadian company.More at Reuters and RIMlast_img read more