Orative Adds “Presence” to BlackBerry Devices


Orative is expanding the reach of its presence software to include Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry device users with the introduction of the Orative Client Software for BlackBerry devices. The software allows users to control their own availability status and see when others are available before placing a call.

“Mobile devices are a critical part of daily communications in the enterprise, and BlackBerry is a popular choice with many business professionals,” Orative CEO Paul Fulton said in a prepared statement. “With Orative software, BlackBerry users can now view the availability status of their colleagues right from the phonebook to determine whether it is more efficient to reach a person by making a call or sending a message.”

The software also enables users to coordinate conversations and screen calls.

Orative launched its solution commercially for the enterprise market in April after completing tests with a host of corporations, including Cisco Systems and Procter & Gamble.

When the software, which encompasses the Orative Enterprise Server, was first launched, it was designed to only operate on Microsoft Exchange and Linux platforms. The deal with RIM marks the first time the software will also run on the Java 2 Platform, Micro Edition (J2ME). Orative intends to expand to other Java-enabled devices in the near future.

The Orative software is supported by BlackBerry devices in the 7100 Series, 7200 Series, 7500 Series and 7700 Series that are being used by enterprises that have deployed the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.