RIM Releases BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications
New Software Enables Easy Deployment of Wireless Applications Independent of Email
October 24, 2006 - WATERLOO, ON - Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced the immediate availability of BlackBerry® Enterprise Server for MDS Applications. The new software incorporates the industry-leading security, unique push-based architecture, reliability and administrative features of the BlackBerry platform to provide organizations with an easy and flexible solution for extending mobile applications to users, without the requisite of wireless email. BlackBerry Mobile Data System (MDS) is an integral component of the overall BlackBerry Enterprise Solution, enabling the secure and efficient flow of data between corporate data systems and BlackBerry handsets.
“Many of our customers want a solution that can decouple wireless email from other wireless applications, while providing the same level of security and control that they trust and rely upon in BlackBerry,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications benefits our enterprise customers as well as the growing community of developers, software vendors, systems integrators and value added resellers that are creating a rich ecosystem of business applications for BlackBerry.”
“We’ve been using BlackBerry MDS for a number of years and are excited about the launch of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications,“ said Martin Kawecki, development manager, NCR. ”The ability to leverage our existing wireless field service application, independent of email, will enable us to open up this application to additional NCR users that do not require email. Mobile access to this application will enable these work groups to realize enhancements in productivity, accuracy, responsiveness and cost-efficiency.”
“We’ve already seen great response from customers using Bloomberg Messaging, News and financial information services on BlackBerry,“ said John Waanders, Bloomberg. ”With BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications we can now deliver a hosted solution that leverages key BlackBerry features such as security, push technology, over-the-air deployment and network-independence, to an expanded group of customers. In particular we expect to see an increase in deployments with small-medium sized customers.”
“We’re very excited to be able leverage BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications to deliver ’out of the box’ wireless applications, including Flowfinity Forms and Flowfinity Actions, to our customers without requiring any email infrastructure. We’ve previously received requests for this functionality from our customers in field service, dispatch and transportation, as well as manufacturing,” said Dmitry Mikhailov, CEO, Flowfinity Wireless. “BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications will also enable us to deliver hosted mobility solutions at a lower cost to our customers.”
BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications provides a complete and optimized framework for creating, deploying and managing wireless applications for BlackBerry handsets. Key benefits of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications include:
* Providing the flexibility for software vendors, third party and in-house developers to create or extend business applications to mobile workers that do not have email accounts or do not require wireless email.
* Enabling IT departments that currently manage their applications infrastructure separately from their email infrastructure, with a solution that allows them to deploy wireless applications under the same operational framework.
* Ability for customers to leverage the strong and growing community of thousands of Java developers and BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program members developing wireless applications for BlackBerry.
* Facilitating the ability for service providers 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.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications is available for purchase from RIM carrier partners or on-line at http://www.blackberry.com/purchasing/index.shtml
For more information on BlackBerry Enterprise Server for MDS Applications please visit: www.blackberry.com/go/serverformds
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