First thing you should know: don’t expect any hardware announcements at WES. The show is more centered around BES announcements as well as giving international press a chance to see the inner workings of their MVS, push API and systems that BlackBerry Cool readers are already very familiar with. That being said, the show will still feature some great announcements on the software side including a fairly big announcement from Google (NDA lifts at 17:30 EST).
RIM announced the availability of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, the next generation of RIM’s secure, push-based server software for business mobility. BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 supports advanced IT administration features and smartphone controls that help improve the productivity of mobile workers and more effectively meet the demands of large-scale, mission critical enterprise deployments.
BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (MVS) Server for Cisco Unified Communications Manager
RIM announced BlackBerry Mobile Voice System (BlackBerry MVS) Server for Cisco® Unified Communications Manager, an enhanced version of BlackBerry MVS Server that is optimized for use with Cisco Unified Communications Manager version 6.1 or later. This product can make employees more accessible and productive by phone both in and out of the office and empower organizations to manage and control corporate voice services on BlackBerry devices.
RIM’s BES 5.0 wins Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ certification
RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 has been awarded Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+) certification. The BlackBerry Enterprise Solution is used by thousands of security-conscious organizations and governments world-wide, and has passed rigorous security assessments by some of the leading security institutions around the world, in addition to this latest Common Criteria certification.
RIM Push API Now Available for Developers
RIM announced the availability of a push API (application programming interface) that will enable BlackBerry® platform developers to build real-time content into mobile applications, such as those with news, weather, banking, medical, IT services applications and games. Push is the technology that proactively delivers, or “pushes”, data to BlackBerry devices as it becomes available. It brings immediacy to mobile communications and content, preserves battery life, and minimizes data usage by eliminating the need for “poking” and “polling” servers. True push technology is unique to the BlackBerry platform and has been used to push emails to BlackBerry smartphones for more than 10 years.
HP and RIM Form Strategic Alliance
HP and RIM are establishing a strategic alliance to deliver a portfolio of solutions for business mobility on the BlackBerry platform, including CloudPrint for BlackBerry devices and HP Operations Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, both on display at WES.