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RIM Announces BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications


May 15, 2006

New solution gives organizations the ease and flexibility to deploy wireless applications independent of email

WATERLOO, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications™, a new offering aimed at organizations looking to easily mobilize applications and have the flexibility to run them independent of wireless email deployments. BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications builds on the solid foundation that has already made BlackBerry® the leading wireless platform for the enterprise today and offers the same industry-leading security, reliability, and administration features of BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

“Demand for wireless email continues to spread, but corporate and government customers now also require a robust wireless platform that can support an array of applications beyond email. BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications is an important new product that will allow organizations to mobilize their existing systems and boost productivity for whole new groups of users that rely on applications such as field service, sales force automation, CRM, healthcare, transportation, logistics and SAP,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and co-CEO at Research In Motion. “With BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications, customers will be able to focus on deploying wireless applications that are most relevant and essential to specific users.”

BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications provides a complete and optimized framework for creating, deploying and managing wireless applications for BlackBerry devices. Key benefits of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications include:

* Separation of Applications from Email Environment: BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications gives organization the flexibility to extend applications to mobile workers that do not have email accounts or do not require wireless email.

* Support for Hosted Applications: Service providers can use BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications to offer hosted wireless applications, such as a sales force or field service automation application, to their customers, independent of hosting an email environment for those users.

* Enterprise-Class Security and Manageability: BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications provides the same secure, push-based technology and scalable architecture of BlackBerry Enterprise Server. IT departments benefit from simplified management and centralized control of their wireless deployments with reduced administrative overhead and total cost of ownership. Mobile workers will benefit from broader support for wireless enterprise application access in the field.

* Robust Development Tools: Developers will have the ability to extend virtually any type of enterprise application to a BlackBerry device, using a variety of options that include:

* the use of standard Web development tools to easily and securely extend Intranet applications and content to users via the BlackBerry Browser™
* the BlackBerry Java Development Environment (JDE) for developing rich Java applications
* and BlackBerry MDS Studio™ with BlackBerry MDS Runtime™ to quickly mobilize applications through Web services standards including WSDL, XML, SOAP and HTTP(S).

* Extensive Developer Community: Organizations that deploy BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications will be able to leverage the strong and growing community of thousands of Java developers and BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program members developing wireless applications for BlackBerry.

“Mobile applications for field-based employees yield a high return on investment and competitive advantage through improvements in productivity, accuracy and responsiveness,” said William Clark, Research Vice President, Gartner. “Wireless platforms are increasing their multichannel capability, which is key to reducing the amount of custom integration required to move users beyond mobile email.”

BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications will be previewed at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2006 in Orlando, FL this week and is expected to be commercially available later this year. For more information and to apply to participate in the beta program please

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM’s portfolio of award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by thousands of organizations around the world and include the BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario, RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq: RIMM) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: RIM). For more information, visit or

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