Angel Trains is an early adopter. At least, earlier than most. It was quick to embrace BlackBerry®and was using email on the move almost as soon as it was possible.
But, as you might expect from a multi-billion-pound financial services business, it tempers that taste for the leading edge with an admirable degree of caution. IT Support Manager Anthony Albon is at pains to make it clear that his philosophy is about innovation with purpose.
“Our users have always liked their BlackBerry devices,” says Anthony Albon, “but the arrival of the iPhone, and then Android, brought demand for alternatives.
“The launch of BES®10 allowed us to bring iOS devices into a single mobility management solution. Then BES®12 simplified things further, and we’re able to manage everything through a single dashboard.”
As screens have got bigger, with tablets and the new generation of smartphones, the business case became clear for making more LAN services available across the mobile network.
“We’ve introduced the BlackBerry Secure Connect Plus per-app VPN, which has allowed us to give users access to services that were previously behind the firewall,” says Anthony Albon.
“We have an Oracle E-Business Suite deployment, for example, and we’ve rolled out the Fusion Expenses package for mobile users. We’re also using Cisco Jabber for chat, videoconferencing and general collaboration.
“For us, business mobility has to be about productivity and efficiency, and bigger screens make these solutions practical for mobile devices.”