Yesterday we told you about RIM’s announcement of HBES deployment — a BlackBerry Enterprise Server hosted by a mobile operator, allowing enterprises to have BlackBerry functionality without the fuss of managing it. We here at BlackBerry Cool believe that HBES is a good solution for small to medium sized business who can’t afford or don’t have the technical knowledge to manage their own BES.
However, Elena Malykhina from InformationWeek doesn’t believe that HBES is necessarily the SMB solution that RIM is presenting it to be. She believes that companies who haven’t yet taken the BES plunge will still be turned off from having to give away IT control to the HBES operator — especially for mobile email devices like the Blackerry, which are always at the front line of security concerns for IT admins.
Malykhina also points to BES using enterprises who wouldn’t be convinced to switch to hosted service.
Houlihan Lokey Howard & Zukin, an investment banking firm with more than 700 employees, has an in-house BlackBerry Enterprise Server for wireless E-mail. The firm can’t imagine going with a hosted service. Even though technology costs and rollout times are much greater for small and medium companies, deploying e-mail internally was worth it because it “delivers on security and compliance requirements,” says Fred Weiss, the firm’s IT manager.
So what do you think, folks? Is HBES a practical solution for most small to medium sized business? Post a comment and let us know.