With all of the typical information, they threw in a little golden nugget early on, known simply as ‘The Roadmap’. This particular segment piqued my interests the first time I read the description, but I must say that I’m very surprised at just how much information this fairly tight-lipped company offered to it’s viewing public.
From their presentation, we learned that BES 5.0, codenamed Argon, has been pushed back for a Q3 release this year (previous indications suggested a release this Spring). They’ve put the next major release, Neon, on the assembly line for a Fall 2008 release. Service Pack 3 for BES 4.1 appears to be on tap for a release in the next month or two, with Service Pack 4 following around the middle of the year.
Presentation speaker, Gregg Ostrowski, also covered RIM’s plans for Over-The-Air Software Loading (OTASL), which aims at reducing total costs of support and ownership for corporations through the wireless delivery and management of device software and operating system upgrades.
This feature, which was supposed to be introduced with BES 5.0, appears to be receiving an early birth date and will find its introduction with the 4.1 service packs, although it’s currently unknown if this is to be SP3 or SP4. This is obviously some of the biggest news to come from Waterloo for anyone who’s ever administered a BlackBerry environment, large or small.
RIM’s purchase of SlipStream last July will soon be implemented into the BES solution, enabling compression and optimization for improved browsing speeds up to 500% for enterprise users.
Moving on with the introductions of new features trend, it appears RIM has listened to some requests and plan to introduce the Enterprise Web Desktop, which will serve as a web-based alternative for wired activations/provisioning and software/device upgrades. But to further encourage joyous celebration for BES administrators worldwide, the aforementioned Enterprise Web Desktop will also introduce the web-based BES Administration interface.
I have included the presentation slides from today’s seminar. These cover the future major releases of Argon (BES 5.0) and Neon (BES 5.x/6.0). If you were not already convinced of RIM’s forward-thinking domination of the enterprise wireless solutions market, I am now saving you a seat on the BES Bandwagon. Arriba! Arriba! Ãndale! Ãndale!