Research in Motion is continuing to dabble in Android -- and this time its in the device-management game. Announced at BlackBerry World this morning in Orlando, RIM announced that it expects to incorporate secure device management for Android devices and tablets in conjunction with its BlackBerry Enterprise Express Server and recent purchase of mobile device management company ubitexx.
Before you scoff too much, device management -- an IT department's ability to ensure the security of its fleet of devices -- is one of the major features that's been keeping Android from the enterprise environment (aka that cubicle farm you spend most of your time). This is separate from the BlackBerry PlayBook tablet running Android apps, and it's actually something we're kind of looking forward to. Here's how RIM describes it in its press release:
The multi-platform BlackBerry Enterprise Solution will be comprised of optional architectural components based on the configuration of an organization’s mobile deployment and their operational needs. Optional components will include BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for BlackBerry devices, and a separate, secure device management server for Android and iOS devices (based on the foundation of ubi-Suite from ubitexx). It will be possible to deploy multiple components in a virtualized environment on a single server.
So, all you working stiffs out there, if your company doesn't currently support Android devices for business, that might soon change.