Research In Motion today announced plans to bring BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 and BlackBerry Enterprise Server – Small Business Edition v4.1 to Novell GroupWise customers in early April. The new BlackBerry server software is debuting at BrainShare 2006 this week and will be showcased by Novell and RIM.
The new BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 for Novell GroupWise is a substantial upgrade to RIM’s secure, reliable and proven wireless server software. It continues to build upon the powerful and proven BlackBerry platform that delivers secure wireless communications and mobile access to corporate data with an unparalleled user experience. The new release makes it easier for organizations to manage larger BlackBerry deployments, further extends the platform for developers, and provides integration with Novell GroupWise Messenger for enterprise instant messaging.
“BlackBerry has set a proven standard for mobility, and Novell GroupWise customers will continue to benefit from our strong relationship with RIM that has already delivered tight integration with our integrated collaboration environment,” said Ron Hovsepian, Novell President and COO. “The combination of BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Novell GroupWise increases user productivity, simplifies administration and lowers costs.”
“Government and business organizations of all sizes have come to value the Novell GroupWise collaboration environment and the BlackBerry wireless platform in terms of security, reliability, scalability and ROI,” said Jim Balsillie, Chairman and Co-CEO at RIM. “We believe wireless data applications represent the most promising productivity opportunity for enterprise customers today and RIM and Novell are well poised to help customers realize the opportunity.”
“BJC Healthcare is committed to improving the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve, and robust wireless communications technology has played an important role in furthering our mission. We were early adopters of BlackBerry and the solution has continued to evolve with our growing needs. We began by providing secure email to a few senior level executives and now have a much wider deployment involving a range of mobile applications beyond email and several hundred workers including medical and IT staff,” said Alex Paz, Senior Systems Analyst at BJC Healthcare – Information Systems. “Between the new manageability and enterprise instant messaging capabilities in BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 for Novell GroupWise, and the BlackBerry ecosystem of third party software developers creating mobile solutions that enable workers to access business applications and essential data, we will see a substantial expansion of our BlackBerry use by the end of this year.”
BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 for Novell GroupWise features increased IT management and administrative policies, allowing organizations greater control over their wireless device and mobile application deployments. Customers will continue to benefit from a true push architecture that provides access to email, voice, Web browser, organizer and corporate data applications. And with support for BlackBerry Connect(TM) as well as the 802.11-enabled BlackBerry 7270(TM), RIM will provide Novell customers with broader device choice.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.1 will support Novell GroupWise versions 6.5.1 through the most recent 7.0 adding powerful new functionality for administrators, users and developers, including:
– BlackBerry Manager – provides a single common interface for managing multiple BlackBerry Enterprise Servers
– Group-based administration – enables properties and tasks such as IT policies, email filters, MDS access controls, application pushes, synchronization settings, auto signatures and software configurations to be easily applied to groups of users
– Support for multiple administrator roles – allows IT departments to control access rights to certain functions based on tiered administration roles from “help desk” to “full administrator”
– Enterprise Instant Messaging – supports presence, group chat, “buddy list” synchronization, message auditing and enterprise access controls with Novell GroupWise Messenger servers
– PIN to PIN and SMS message audit logs – provides an optional setting that enables compliance with corporate or government regulations
– Support for BlackBerry Mobile Data System(TM) v4.1 (BlackBerry MDS(TM)) application development and deployment environment
– RSA integration with MDS for authentication
– the ability to easily create BlackBerry client applications that integrate with Web Services using the new BlackBerry MDS Studio visual development tool
– BlackBerry Java(TM) Development Environment v4.1