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November 09, 2010

RIM Launches BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express for IBM Lotus Domino

By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor

Research In Motion (RIM), a leading provider of wireless technology, recently announced the launch of the new BlackBerry (News - Alert) Enterprise Server Express mobility software for IBM Lotus Domino.

It has been designed to synchronize the BlackBerry smartphone and the IBM (News - Alert) Lotus Domino without compromising security. Some of its key features include advanced e-mail options; wireless synchronization of e-mail, contacts and calendar; wireless access to important files thatcan be installed on the existing mail server; as well as a proven security feature to protect the consumer’s critical information.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Service Express architecture, with its advanced mobile device management capabilities, includes more than 75 of the 500 smartphone controls and IT security policies. This is required for add-on solutions such as BlackBerry Mobile Voice System, Chalk Pushcast Software, the BlackBerry Clients for IBM Lotus Sametime, Lotus Connections, and Lotus Quickr, and other enterprise-grade systems. Both the business data as well as the personal data plans have been supported.

It has added benefits for both the smartphone end user as well as the IT administrators, as the employee-owned BlackBerry smartphones can be securely connected to a corporate network without adding software licensing costs to a company. Some of the key features for the consumers include the ability to wirelessly synchronize e-mail, calendar, contacts, notes and tasks; management of e-mail folders and search e-mail on the mail server from a smartphone; boo meetings and appointments, accept meeting requests, check availability and forward calendar attachments; send an out-of-office reply; access files stored on the company network; and use mobile applications to access business systems behind the firewall. For IT administrators, the features include a Web-based interface that allows remote administration and easy-to-deploy applications over the air; ability to connect and manage BlackBerry smartphones, and apply usage policies; more than 75 IT controls and policies in place including the ability to remotely wipe a smartphone and enforce and reset passwords; and employee self-service tools for securing a lost or stolen device.

"BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is a free download that is designed for businesses of all sizes,” said Jeff McDowell, senior vice president of enterprise and platform marketing at RIM. “It provides an easy way for businesses to get started using BlackBerry smartphones with IBM Lotus Domino and it's also an ideal no-cost software solution for businesses that want to allow their employees to connect their personal BlackBerry smartphones to their work e-mail."

Ed Brill, the director of messaging and collaboration at IBM Software Group, added, "There's tremendous growth in work force mobility, from small businesses through to major corporations, and there is clear evidence that shows how smartphones can increase organizational responsiveness, improve productivity and help employees make the most of their time. BlackBerry Enterprise Server Express is a great opportunity for businesses to cost-effectively extend Lotus Domino to more employees on BlackBerry smartphones."

Carolyn John is a Contributor to TMCnet. To read more of her articles, please columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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