by Al Sacco

A Video Look at RIM’s BlackBerry Balance in Action

Jul 06, 20112 mins
MobileSmall and Medium BusinessSmartphones

A recent video from RIM offers a firsthand look at the BES interface for the new BlackBerry Balance technology and shows what Balance looks like on users' smartphones.

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has posted a quick, two-minute video showing how IT administrators can use its new BlackBerry Balance technology, a component of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), to help separate work and personal data on their employees’ BlackBerrys, and better manage and secure employee-owned, or employee liable, smartphones.

I’ve written about BlackBerry Balance numerous times in the past, because I think the technology could be truly valuable to BlackBerry administrators. And this new video demonstration offers a quick look at how admins can use a BES interface to employ BlackBerry Balance, as well as what Balance looks like an user’s handheld.

BlackBerry Balance, first announced in January and included in the latest version of BES, v5.0.3, offers BES admins full support for employee-owned BlackBerry smartphones at work, according to RIM. Specifically, BlackBerry Balance can delete only work data or applications from an employee-owned device, without affecting any personal data—admins can still perform a full wipe, if necessary. And BlackBerry Balance can remove all corporate IT policies from users’ smartphones.

BlackBerry Balance also offers new safeguards to prevent users from cutting/copying/pasting/etc. work data into personal applications or BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) personal Web mail. Warnings can be activated to caution users whenever they’re about to send e-mail or calendar invites outside of the company domain. Admins can prevent device backups, to protect potentially sensitive data, and they can control and encrypt work data stored on a media card. Finally, organizations can use BlackBerry Balance to prevent access to corporate data via third-party apps.

More details on BlackBerry Balance are available on RIM’s website.