Category Archives: BlackBerry

yet another Workspace

You might have heard of the «Project formerly known as Toscana» now being previewed at https://workspace.ibm.com/
and being part of the Watson family.

Well, apparently Workspace is the new «in-name» because WatchDox by BlackBerry has been rebranded and guess what name is being used? Exactly.. Welcome to «BlackBerry Workspaces».

Access, share, and manage your protected files on the go or on your laptop/PC with the new apps.

the new kid in town – IBM Connections Editor

IBM released a new app to enhance the use of IBM Connections on mobile. The iOS version was released today while the Android version was already available yesterday which, of course, I have installed on my BlackBerry.

The description in the store says it all:
The IBM Connections Editor is a companion office application suite for IBM Connections. The IBM Connections Editor is optimized for smartphone and tablets to create, edit, or read Microsoft® Word, Excel, or Powerpoint documents and view PDFs on your mobile device from IBM Connections Files. You have full editing capabilities on your mobile device and can easily share these Files in IBM Connections to collaborate with others in your organization.

I could have used this app last week during a customer presentation because it really is a game changer for some of the requests we get from customers. You can easily create a document and upload it directly to your IBM Connections environment but even better, you can open a document from your IBM Connections Files store, edit it and re-upload it all within one app.

Again, there is no native app for BlackBerry so I’ve used the Android one for testing. As you can see from the images, the procedure is very simple, the only drawback, the online editing does not work on the BlackBerry because the app does not get the edit command directly from the IBM Connections app. Still, if you have an Android or iOS device and are using IBM Connections, this app is definitely something to install and use. Make sure to update the IBM Connections app! There is an update available which will add support for the IBM Connections Editor app. The editing also works on the BlackBerry.

Get the Editor app for Android or iOS

using the IBM Verse app on a BlackBerry

yeah.. why would you do that? there is no solution which comes close to the BlackBerry Hub and I’m certainly not moving to an app with less functionality. Still, out of curiosity I wanted to know how the IBM Verse app would behave on a BlackBerry.

I’m not getting into details about how to install an Android app as there are plenty of “how-to’s” but will share some of my findings.

Security / Device password
The initial sync didn’t work at first because of a security issue.
Basically Traveler didn’t recognize the Picture Password as a device password and therefore refused to synchronize because a device password is a requirement set in the policy.
After the initial sync I changed my device password back to a Picture Password and the sync continued to work.

Functionality
I didn’t see any issues here. The notifications for mail/calendar work, same with the Actions (Needs Action/Waiting For) or the synchronization of data. Creating mails, answering them and any interaction with calendar items, i.e. the creation of events out of an email, were OK as well.

“Negative” points
(bearing in mind that it’s not a native app)
The app is a battery drainer! I’m using a BlackBerry Passport and I rarely need to charge it but since using the Verse app it was a daily activity.
There is no control/separation of work data. I can freely copy data from my business mail and paste it anywhere I want. This is something I can control with BES and don’t want to miss as a security feature.
On the positive side, the uninstall worked like a charm 😉

regulated push-email – the results are in

Following up on my previous post where I asked about company regulated push-email hours, a few people answered the survey and I got feedback on other channels as well.

Of the ones who answered, only one company has a limitation in place whereas all the others are “free” to use push-email anytime. Interesting enough, the question about wanting a regulation showed a different result.

For a long time it was a 40/60 balance in favor of a regulation but with the last votes it turned to an equal 50/50 result.

Apparently there is a need or wish for a time-out but also the requirement to read/answer emails whenever you have time.

survey result

Thanks again for answering my questions and the chats about this subject.

BlackBerry OS 10.3.1 – Calendar

The calendar got some improvements too, here are a few of the things I like besides the earlier mentioned meeting mode and events overview in the Hub.

Calendar Views

The calendar views provide more information at a glance.
In this example of a day view you see that there are different calendar accounts and entries with the square and sphere icons in different colors on top. It also shows you a general weekly overview.
Square = Full Day Event / Sphere = Meeting/Appointment

calendar day view

Notifications

Another little helper is the time left in the notification box and the change in color shortly before the appointment is due.

For meetings there is also the option to notify the organiser, or everyone, if you are running late

and a feature I use quite often, the custom snooze to remind me of an appointment.

Custom Snooze