RIM announce the BlackBerry 10 Enterprise Readiness Program
RIM have just announced the BlackBerry 10 Enterprise Readiness Program that will help with the transition to BlackBerry 10 for Enterprise customers out there already invested in BlackBerry services.
RIM is offering a four-pronged approach to help enterprises get ready for the next-generation platform.
In doing so, existing BlackBerry customers will gain access to a “variety of services, information, tools and special offers” to ease the transition of moving to the newer platforms.
RIM senior director for enterprise accounts Bryan Lee said that they have seen an “unprecedented level of excitement and anticipation” in the run up to the launch of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 (BES 10), currently known as ‘Mobile Fusion’.
BlackBerry 10 Webcast series
There will be a weekly BlackBerry 10 Webcast series in which customers can hop into and learn more about the platform in a variety of languages across multiple regions, in a bid to help enterprises answer questions about RIM’s enterprise portfolio.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade-Up Program
RIM will offer customers who buy BlackBerry 10 smartphones the ability to ‘trade-up’ their existing BES client licenses. For instance, every license currently on your existing BES network will be upgradeable to BES 10. If an organisation has 500 BlackBerry 7 devices, and you buy 500 new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, RIM will grant those licenses free of charge on a one-for-one basis, until the end of 2013.
This tool will be made available to enterprise customers in January.
BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services
RIM said it will offer customers a “smooth migration path” to BlackBerry 10. The smartphone maker will be providing enterprises with change management and planning migration tools, along with application development services. These will be available in January ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer
If customers complete all of the aforementioned steps — three of the learning sessions, installing the new BES 10 software, and complete the client license trade-up program, North American enterprises will qualify for a new BlackBerry 10 device (one device per enterprise) upon the January 30 launch in order to test the device in their enterprise setting.
RIM is pushing for other countries outside the U.S. and Canada before the January launch, however.
For those still considering upgrading to an anticipated version of BES Express 10, you may be waiting some time.
New BlackBerry 10 Ready Program to Help BlackBerry Enterprise Customers Leverage Existing Investments
WATERLOO, ONTARIO–(Marketwire – Dec. 6, 2012) – Research In Motion (RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) today announced the BlackBerry® 10 Ready Program. The program is designed to address the needs of BlackBerry enterprise customers as they prepare their environments for the launch of BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10, RIM’s powerful new multiplatform enterprise mobility management solution. The program will be introduced in a phased approach with four components. Two of the components – The BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer and the BlackBerry 10 Ready Webcast Series – are available today. The BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up and BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services components will be available ahead of the global BlackBerry 10 launch on January 30, 2013.
“We remain committed to our enterprise customers and want to provide them with a head start on understanding the power of BlackBerry 10 and preparing their existing environments for the new mobile computing platform,” said Bryan Lee, Senior Director, Enterprise at RIM. “The BlackBerry 10 Ready Program gives customers access to a variety of services, information, tools, and special offers to help ease their transition to BlackBerry 10 and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.”
BlackBerry 10 Ready Offer
BlackBerry customers with BlackBerry Technical Support at the Advantage level or higher are eligible to receive a free BlackBerry 10 smartphone.* Customers will need to install and run BlackBerry® Mobile Fusion (which will be succeeded by BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10), and successfully complete an exclusive online learning course to qualify. Upon the launch of BlackBerry 10, the organization will receive a free BlackBerry 10 smartphone.
BlackBerry 10 Webcast Series
The weekly BlackBerry 10 webcast series is designed to share information, answer questions about RIM’s enterprise product portfolio, and prepare enterprise customers with the tools they need ahead of launch. The webcasts will be supported in multiple languages.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up
RIM will be offering customers who purchase BlackBerry 10 smartphones the ability to trade up their existing BlackBerry Enterprise Server licenses on a one for one basis for free, until December 31, 2013.** The license trade up offer will allow customers to secure and manage their BlackBerry 10 smartphones with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. Customers will be able to access an online tool for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server License Trade Up in January 2013.
BlackBerry 10 Readiness Services
This set of services will provide customers with a smooth migration path to BlackBerry 10. Change management and planning migration tools, and application development services will be available in January 2013. For more details customers can email BB10EnterpriseServices@rim.com.
For more information about the BlackBerry 10 Ready Program please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10ready.
To register for the BlackBerry 10 Webcast Series, and to get a complete list of dates and times, please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10webcasts.
* Offer available while supplies last. Limit one (1) device per company. Offer currently only available for customers in North America. (Additional countries are expected to follow with similar offers.) Offer deadline: February 28, 2013. For complete details see Terms and Conditions: http://www.blackberry.com/business/blackberry-10-ready/free-blackberry-1….
** Offer applies to BlackBerry Enterprise Server licenses only; not applicable for BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express licenses. Additional Terms and Conditions apply.
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