Mystery Job At RIM Is For “Advanced” iPhone/iPad Management


RIM needs iOS developers for unspecified
RIM needs iOS developers for unspecified "advanced" iOS management options

Yesterday’s news that RIM is looking to hire iOS developers with the intention of creating iOS apps unleashed a lot of speculation about what the BlackBerry manufacturer might be planning to release for iPhones and iPads. After initially being tight-lipped and refusing to comment on the job posting, RIM’s PR team revealed that its iOS app development plans center around its BlackBerry Fusion product.

BlackBerry Fusion is RIM’s new mobile device device management solution. The product, which RIM launched earlier this year along with the first major update to its PlayBook tablet’s OS, can manage BlackBerry and PlayBook devices. RIM plans to and support for managing iOS and Android devices as well.

RIM’s statement was pretty vague beyond confirming that it’s new management solution will be the focus of this position, leaving room for speculation as to what additional features an on-device app will enable under RIM’s new management console.

According to All Things D, a RIM spokesperson delivered the following short statement:

In order for BlackBerry Mobile Fusion to perform advanced management functions for iOS devices, RIM will develop an on device client to be included as part of the overall solution.

Since RIM will presumably be developing its iOS management solution around the MDM frameworks that Apple makes available to every company in the mobile management space, an on-device app would be one of the only ways that it could differentiate its solutions from the dozens of mobile management options already on the market (most of which already offer BlackBerry management capabilities in addition to iOS, Android, and other platforms). While an on-device app isn’t required to plug-in to the iOS MDM functionality, many providers do offer an on-device app.

Some of the common add-ons that other MDM companies offer via on-device apps include:

  • An enterprise app store that contains internal company-produced apps as well as a suggested list of public apps from the App Store (with or without integration of Apple’s volume purchase program)
  • Load apps and updates onto a device remotely without user interaction
  • A secure app or data environment that sandboxes business tools and data and separates them from personal apps/content
  • The ability to check a device and its data to ensure that it hasn’t been compromised or jailbroken
  • Monitor device connectivity to a Wi-Fi or cell network with the capability to report network problems
  • Monitor mobile expenses associated with a device – particularly pricey expenses like international or data roaming
  • Streamline the device setup and MDM enrollment processes
  • Provide access to secure private cloud storage and network shares

It’s worth noting that Apple’s own solutions, including its new Apple Configurator tool and the Profile Manager feature in Lion Server, do not employ an on-device app.



  • criticmac

    Duplicate post – do you guys read your own blog?

  • m_hardwick

    and it’s not even a mystery. jeez

  • Min Zhu

    RIM has strange culture and self distruct political environment.< ?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


    In RIM if a new hired person figure out major problem and introduce efficient approach, both manager and his buddy group member will proof their wrong approach works. just like someone point out driving a car is right way, pushing a car is wrong way, then both manager and his buddy group member will hate you, and proof that 3 person can also move the car by pushing it. cheating email will be sent to some vice president, saying like: see, the car moving, pushing a car is a natural part of the process, in order to deny new hired contribution of introducing skill of drive a car, they have to deny merit of driving a car.


    It is very strange company culture and strange company political environment, it promote stealing and cheating skill. RIM’s management may be a typical instance in MBA course.


    This culture deny or steal hardworking team members’ contribution/innovation, generate strange political environment, destroy RIM.