A Versatile Mobility Solution: One of BlackBerry UEM’s greatest strengths is its versatility. It works seamlessly with Android, but should the firm ever shift to a new deployment model or operating system, it will be able to do so with minimal configuration.
“We’ve equipped our users with devices that they can use for just about anything, business or personal,” explains Clive Knott, Howard Kennedy’s IT Director. “More importantly, we’ve got those devices locked down in such a way that we’ve full control over most of what we do.”
Security and Reliability: “From the start, we were confident in BlackBerry’s security,” says Knott. “BlackBerry has always been the strongest in terms of providing a strong foundation for protecting our data. It’s part of why we chose to use BlackBerry UEM – with it, we can be as secure as we need to be. We’ve also had no downtime since we went live, which is remarkable in IT.”
Enhanced Software Enablement: Since deploying BlackBerry UEM, the firm has had a number of people approach IT to request new applications for their department. Once an app has been enabled on the platform, it can either be set to download automatically or manually from Managed Google Play, Android’s enterprise app store. With this app store, the IT department can seamlessly and securely select, purchase, and manage both required apps and a range of optional applications.
This has allowed the firm to greatly increase the third-party applications available to its staff and led to both improved efficiency and greater satisfaction.
A Simple, Effective Backend: “BlackBerry UEM is surprisingly uncomplicated to install and use,” recalls Ludnow. “After we identified the core apps for our deployment, we were able to easily load them into the work container and set them as essential, so users couldn’t delete them. And the platform itself makes it quite easy for us to keep in track and in control of the devices our firm uses.”
A Fruitful Partnership: Both during and before its deployment of BlackBerry UEM, it was important to Howard Kennedy that it find a good provider that not only understood what it was trying to do, but also had a good grasp of the legal services space. Appurity and BlackBerry together more than met those requirements.
“With BlackBerry and Appurity, I think we’ve found ourselves a good platform and a good team to get to where we are today,” explains Knott. “Appurity has always been very helpful, approachable, and agile in assisting us with any problems we might encounter.”