The core value of this group is to bring developers up to speed with BB technology, concentrating on BB10.Exploring efficiency, beauty and power BlackBerry provides to its users by designing Apps that can be used globally and that improves developers life as it improves community life.
We are happy to introduce the Enterprise Developer Groups Program which builds on the solid foundation of our previous Developer Groups Program.
BlackBerry has always supported our developer community and created the Developer Groups Program in 2010 to encourage local developer groups to share ideas, experiences and help new developers to start building astonishing apps.
Here is our definition of “Developer Group”:
Developer Groups are local, community-led, and provide developers with shared learning interests with the opportunity to network and get support. These groups receive regular platform and program updates from BlackBerry, and have access to exclusive discounts, developer events, and conferences.
Enterprise Developer Groups will work similarly to regular Developer Groups but focus largely on mobile app development for businesses and enterprises. These groups will be run by a developer group manager who is in charge of recruiting new members, organizing regular meetups and supporting BlackBerry. We encourage the manager to engage developer group members in various initiatives, including keeping the group up-to-date on new development tools as well as new products and solutions launched by BlackBerry.
Currently, there are 57 Enterprise Developer Groups around the globe. Most new groups have been converted from regular Developer Groups which have members with a strong interest in the enterprise segment or have been working in that space for the past few years. New Enterprise Developer Groups are very welcome and we encourage enterprise focused developers to lead local groups.
We’re helping our existing consumer focused Developer Groups transition to the developer programs run by Amazon. With the Amazon Appstore pre-loaded on BlackBerry OS 10.3, starting with the BlackBerry Passport, these groups have access to BlackBerry customers and more. The Amazon Appstore is available in 238 countries and preloaded on Fire tablets, phones and TV. The Appstore is also integrated into the overall Amazon shopping app experience enjoyed by millions of Android customers.
The dedication of our developer group managers and members helped make our previous BlackBerry Developer Group program an amazing success. We look forward to building on that strong partnership with the launch of our Enterprise Developer Group Program. If you’re mobile developer working in the enterprise space and are willing to start a developer group please apply to start a new group in your area.
BlackBerry Secure Work Space, a containerization solution that is part of BES 10, allows enterprises to manage devices powered by Android and iOS. Secure Work Space apps protect their data by encrypting their app data in transit and at rest. Enterprise in-house apps that leverage Secure Work Space can securely access data behind their companies’ firewall without any additional code for authentication or encryption. In order for an app to use Secure Work Space, it must first be wrapped by using that enterprises’ BES 10 UDS Administration Console. App wrapping automatically replaces the standard system calls with secure system calls and does not require any redevelopment work. This means you can wrap almost any app if you have the binary file (ipa or apk file). After an app has been wrapped, it needs to be re-signed because the wrapping process invalidates the previous signature. The process to re-sign an app is documented here.
Because the signing process for iOS is more complex, I have written the following bash script located here to simplify the signing process significantly. In order to use the script you will need the following:
Set Environment Variable SWSSIGNIDENTITY to the iOS Signing Identity
Set Environment Variable SWSWrappedAppFile to the full path of the wrapped app
Set Environment Variable SWSProvisioningProfile to the app Mobile Provisioning Profile
export SWSSIGNIDENTITY="iPhone Distribution: My Company Name, LLC (45G34YW73X)" export SWSWrappedAppFile="/Users/shikhir/sws/script/ECL-v5-wrapped-unsigned.ipa" export SWSProvisioningProfile="http://devblog.blackberry.com/Users/shikhir/sws/ECLAppProfile.mobileprovision" ./SWSiOSResign
Just type in ./SWSiOSResign and you will be prompted to enter the parameters.
Once your iOS app is re-signed, you will get a message that the app has been re-signed successfully. Now the app is ready to be distributed to your employees via BES. The steps to distribute the app to your employees are documented here and are usually done by the BES Admin.
Being ever so thankful for the miracle of our dated regional aircraft making it through a rough flight, we arrived at the Swissotel excited for what was to come.
It was an honor to be among some of the brightest minds in the industry to deliver the breakfast keynote on developing applications within a BlackBerry Enterprise Server environment and applying the four pillars of enterprise development: Connectivity, Management, Standards, and Push Notifications (Click Here).
The room was packed, and the fresh smell of coffee and bacon set the stage for an interactive presentation with our attendees. After a brief business and product update, Brent described in detail the 4-pillar principles to developing successful enterprise apps. It’s a proven strategy that has worked not only for our customers, but also for ourselves here. Nick then demonstrated how BlackBerry applied the four pillars in one of their key internal products called BB Now.
BB Now is an internal custom application that was developed to mobilize all aspects of our business, furthering BlackBerry as a Mobile First leader. Having our business evolve in the cross-platform capability space, we have developed our internal apps to be cross-platform by applying the BlackBerry 4-pillar strategy.
The keynote attendees were clearly intrigued and excited about our internal initiatives, which led to some great conversations about what it means to be a Mobile First company. For the remainder of the event, it was pretty cool to be known as “those BlackBerry guys with the amazing app” and constantly being stopped for a personal demo of BB Now.
Many thanks to Forrester, their event staff, and the people of Chicago for a great show!
Stay tuned for a future article on BB Now in the coming weeks.
It was a lively debate with digital experience providers Sitecore, Adobe, and Acquia. Key themes revolved around the “Age of the Customer,” relating specifically to digital experiences.
Schadler moderated the session, using his new BlackBerry Passport to reference his notes. He mentioned to BlackBerry before the session, “I was going to use my Kindle, but thought this would be better.”