Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq:RIMM – News; TSX:RIM – News) is working with IBM Corp. to enable enterprise instant messaging on the BlackBerryÂ® platform. The solution will bring together the Presence awareness capabilities of IBM Lotus Instant Messaging and Web Conferencing and the security and performance advantages of the push-based BlackBerry wireless platform.
“Enterprise instant messaging is an important application for our customers and wireless instant messaging will be a very complementary addition to the existing suite of productivity applications available to BlackBerry users,” said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. “Together Lotus Instant Messaging and BlackBerry will offer greater opportunities for organizations to support their mobile workforce with enhanced communication and collaboration capabilities.”
“As the leader in enterprise collaboration solutions, we are pleased to be extending the reach of Lotus Instant Messaging to BlackBerry users through our reseller and partner community,” said Ken Bisconti, Vice President, Workplace, Portal and Collaboration Products, IBM. “Customers can now leverage the security and reliability of Lotus Instant Messaging on their Blackberry devices, helping to ensure productivity while they are mobile.”
The Lotus Instant Messaging client for BlackBerry will communicate through the Lotus Instant Messaging published interfaces to connect BlackBerry users into their existing corporate instant messaging community. Lotus Instant Messaging for BlackBerry will also provide a server-based audit trail of messages, helping organizations to comply with certain industry and government requirements.
The Lotus Instant Messaging client for BlackBerry is optimized for wireless use and extends many benefits of Lotus Instant Messaging to mobile environments. Employees will be able to work more efficiently and quickly assemble teams to share information for improved decision-making and faster problem resolution.
Lotus Instant Messaging for BlackBerry is expected to be available later this year. The solution is being demonstrated at the IBM booth at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium 2005 in Orlando, FL, this week (www.attendwes.com).
Further information on Lotus Instant Messaging for BlackBerry will be available at a later date.
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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(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 (Nasdaq:RIMM – News) and the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX:RIM – News). For more information, visit www.rim.com or www.blackberry.com.
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