Living up to its image as the executive’s smartphone of choice, Research In Motion announced new solutions for businesses who wish to seamlessly integrate BlackBerry smartphones to their system.
Platform Evangelish for RIM, Arun Verna, revealed that their premium BlackBerry enterprise solution which is the BlackBerry Enterprise Server or BES has already been installed in 250,000 businesses worldwide. To capitalize on that, they announced something for the small businesses who wants a BlackBerry solution on top of their current setup without worrying about the complexities of implementing one.
BlackBerry Express Server Express (BES Express)
The BES Express is a trimmed down version of BES which is designed to cater to the needs of a small company. What’s good about it is that it’s free and easy to setup. If you already have a mail exchange server, BES Express will work on top of it, seamlessly integrating your e-mails, contacts, calendars, etc. to your BlackBerry without worrying about security issues with over 75 IT controls and policies you can configure.
RIM just announced that the BES Express can now be connected to IBM Lotus Domino where aside from handling your typical mail tasks, you can also schedule meetings and appointments and access files stored on the company network straight from your BlackBerry.
MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition
If you’re really just starting up and don’t have an infrastructure in place but still want to integrated you and your employee’s BlackBerry, there’s the MDaemon Messaging Server, BlackBerry Edition which is developed by Alt-N working closely with RIM. Designed for the small-to-medium (SMB) market, it is an alternative to Microsoft Exchange which will not only act as your mail server but also includes collaboration tools and a messaging server.
It is very simple out-of-the-box solution that an IT personnel can easily set up although flexible configurations required by seasoned IT administrators are also possible. It’s a perfect complement to businesses that want the strength of BlackBerry smartphones, service, and reliability in an easy-to-manage server environment.