Research In Motion announced that 120 selected customers from a variety of industries will begin the beta testing of their brand new Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 and their pre-production Blackberry 10 smartphones.
According to RIM’s official announcement, the technical preview program will give selected customers access to their newly-built mobility management solution. The 120 customers invited by RIM were mostly from the financial and government industries along with customers from insurance, healthcare, media, manufacturing, and distribution sectors. It includes 64 of the Fortune 500 companies.
In the company’s announcement that was released on Monday, RIM Chief Information Officer Robin Bienfait said: “Beginning today, RIM will be visiting some of our enterprise and government ‘early adopters’ and getting them started with the BlackBerry 10 platform. 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.”
The selected companies will also have their first-hand experience on the new features of Blackberry 10 that includes Blackberry Balance and Blackberry Hub, which enables users to seamlessly flow between core applications. They can also access the much-improved app store and Blackberry 10’s secure connectivity.
Integris Health CIO John Delano expressed their trust to the new platform, saying that Blackberry has been one of their trusted partners for many years because of the platform’s security and manageability features.
Delano said: “We’ve been anxiously waiting to put our hands on BlackBerry 10, and the time has come. 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.”
Director of Mobility at Strategy Analytics Kevin Burden also voiced out positive remarks for RIM and was quoted as saying: “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.”
“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.”
Blackberry 10 will be unveiled on January 30 in New York City.
[Source: Research in Motion]