Abridean Joins the Blackberry ISV Alliance Program


SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 16 /PRNewswire/ — RSA Conference 2005 — Abridean Inc., leaders in the development of identity management solutions, today announced that they joined the BlackBerry(R) ISV Alliance Program, as part of an initiative to enable users of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server(TM) to simplify and automate the process of administering BlackBerry user accounts in combination with other messaging and enterprise systems. This relationship with Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM – News; TSX: RIM – News) further highlights Abridean’s commitment to developing innovative solutions for enterprises and solution providers that help them gain efficiency, improve security, and meet regulatory compliance standards.

With support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, abrideanProvisor will allow IT administrators to use a common set of automated processes to manage the addition, deletion, and maintenance of BlackBerry user accounts as well as maintain access to other enterprise applications and resources. In addition, organizations will be able to view a common set of reports to help identify invalid or orphaned accounts, thus enforcing security policies and meeting regulatory compliance requirements.

For Abridean’s solution provider customers, the BlackBerry Enterprise Server component will enable them to offer hosted BlackBerry services to their customers using abrideanProvisor’s secure delegated administration model.

“We are excited to join the BlackBerry ISV Alliance Program,” said Sean Sears, CEO of Abridean. “BlackBerry has rapidly become a mission critical collaboration tool for organizations, and both the enterprises and the solution providers that support them need to standardize the administration processes along with their other applications and offerings. This relationship will allow our customers to enforce provisioning and de-provisioning policies and ensure that access to corporate information through BlackBerry is auditable.”

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, device, 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(R) wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld(TM) 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 and the Toronto Stock Exchange. For more information, visit http://www.rim.com or http://www.blackberry.com .

About Abridean Inc.

Abridean provides user management and provisioning solutions with a primary focus on Global 2000 organizations, mid-market enterprises, and hosted application service providers. More than 2,500 companies currently use Abridean technology to manage users and provision applications.

Abridean’s flagship product, abrideanProvisor, is a critical component of a security and identity management infrastructure, enabling organizations to better meet regulatory compliance requirements, enforce security policies, and improve IT efficiency.

Provisor supports automated, delegated, and centralized administration of users, groups, and passwords. Provisor’s unique policy-based approach makes it extremely flexible and capable of adapting to any organization’s administration and security needs. Provisor includes sophisticated workflow, role and rule based entitlement definitions, easily-configurable use cases, automated reconciliation of security exceptions, and advanced audit logging and compliance reporting.

Abridean’s customers span multiple industries including financial services, manufacturing, hospitality and food services, healthcare, and service providers. Current customers include Sprint, USA.NET, COLT Telecom, and AT&T Canada. For more information, visit http://www.abridean.com or call 1-877-520-4277.

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