Marking its foray into the multi-platform mobile device management (MDM) marketplace, Research In Motion (RIM) has launched BlackBerry Mobile Fusion — the next-generation enterprise mobility solution which aims to simplify the management of smartphones and tablets running BlackBerry, Google Android, and Apple iOS operating systems. Alan Panezic, vice president, enterprise product management and marketing, Research In Motion, said, “BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together our industry-leading BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology for BlackBerry devices with mobile device management capabilities for iOS and Android devices, all managed from one web-based console. It provides the necessary management capabilities to allow IT departments to confidently oversee the use of both company-owned and employee-owned mobile devices within their organizations.” BlackBerry Mobile Fusion brings together the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (version 5.0.3) for BlackBerry smartphones; new management capabilities for BlackBerry PlayBook tablets built on BlackBerry Enterprise Server technology; and mobile device management for smartphones and tablets running Android and iOS operating systems. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will provide the following mobile device management capabilities for all supported mobile devices: Asset management; Configuration management; Security and policy definition and management; Secure and protect lost or stolen devices (remote lock, wipe; User- and group-based administration; Multiple device per user capable; Application and software management; Connectivity management (Wi-Fi), VPN, certificate; Centralized console; and High scalability. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion will also introduce new self-service functionality for employees to secure lost or stolen BlackBerry smartphones and BlackBerry PlayBook tablets. BlackBerry Mobile Fusion is currently in early beta testing with select enterprise customers. RIM is now accepting customer nominations for the closed beta programme which will start in January, and general availability is expected in late March.