RIM gives select customers sneak peek at BB10


Program beginning today sees 120 enterprise and government customers able to begin beta testing with the manufacturer’s upcoming platform

RIM has announced the BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview program, giving select customers the chance to beta test with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 and pre-production BB10 smartphones.

The program, which begins today, includes more than 120 customers spanning industries including financial, government, insurance, healthcare, manufacturing, media and distribution. Over half of these are from Fortune 500 companies.

It gives firms early access to RIM’s new enterprise mobility management solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, as well as a limited number of pre-production BB10 smartphones for testing within their environment.

Customers will also be able to try other features including BlackBerry Balance, BlackBerry Hub, the dedicated enterprise app store and the platform’s secure connectivity to behind the firewall apps and data through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

RIM CIO 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.”

Strategy Analytics director of mobility Kevin Burden said: “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.”