What I don’t miss about my “work” BlackBerry
Posted on September 28, 2011
In short, the biggest things I don’t miss about my “work” BlackBerry are items enforced via IT Policy. All of these items are configured by the BES administrator and whether enabled by default or by choice each one is an element controlled by the company.
- Forced password reset policies every 60 days – I understand the corporate security policy directive around changing your password every 60 days but as a user I certainly won’t miss it.
- Password entry before installing an application – By default, RIM corporate devices require the device password to be entered before an application can be installed. I understand that malicious applications can be installed on a device but in the current set up applications installed through App World require two passwords to be entered – the BlackBerry ID password to download the app from App World and the device password to allow it to be installed.
- Constant Software Updates – One of the implied requirements of being a RIM employee is that you are always upgrading your device software to match the latest internal beta software to ensure what is released to customers is a solid build. The biggest downside, especially for someone with hundreds of 3rd party apps, is that most developers do not implement the backup/restore capabilities in BlackBerry today. During a software upgrade all of your data is wiped off the device (after being backed up), the software update is applied and then your data is restored. For the 3rd party apps that do not implement backup and restore functionality it requires the user to go back into the application and set it up again. I found this incredibly frustrating! Thankfully, this problem doesn’t exist on QNX as the software updates are simply applied to the critical files in the OS rather than requiring a wipe of the device.
For those who work in corporate environments and transitioned to BIS what did you love about the new freedom and flexibility?