RIM Partners Introduce New BlackBerry Apps

By Carol Ellison  |  Posted 2004-05-19 Print this article Print

Research in Motion development partners introduced a bevy of new applications at the RIM Wireless Enterprise Symposium that extend the BlackBerry wireless platform through the enterprise.

CHICAGO—Research In Motion Ltd. development partners rolled out a series of new wireless applications for the BlackBerry platform at the RIM Wireless Enterprise Symposium here this week.
  • PalmSource Inc. announced a distribution agreement with RIM that makes BlackBerry Connect wireless e-mail and data services available to licensees of the Palm operating system. In December, the companies announced plans to integrate the BlackBerry Enterprise Server and BlackBery Web Client with the Palm OS.
    RIM also announced a new version of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server with enhanced security and over-the-air provisioning at the show. Click here to read the full story.
  • Sales force automation and customer relationship management solutions provider eAgency Systems announced plans to extend its new Web-based application for the property and casualty insurance market to the BlackBerry platform. Nice Office Property and Casualty provides Web access to underwriting and claims data and customer self-service, and automates rating and underwriting workflow. The wireless version will allow field agents, underwriters, carriers and claims staff to wirelessly synchronize data and communications.
  • Epoch Integration Inc., makers of secure terminal solutions, announced a new version of NeedText Shell, a secure terminal access solution that uses BlackBerry handhelds to provide a remote command shell interface to servers, routers and other network devices. Version 3.0 adds the ability to manage AS/400 systems via BlackBerry and allows AS/400 users to work with applications through the softwares terminal emulation.
  • Ecutel Systems introduced a software development kit and Java-based plug-in framework to ease the development of applications for its IC2 (Infrastructure Command and Control) remote enterprise management software.
  • Security software provider PGP Corp. announced it was partnering with RIM to integrate enterprise-wide PGP Universal e-mail security with the BlackBerry wireless platform. The effort will allow customers using the S/MIME (Secure Multipurpose Internet Mail Extension) support package for BlackBerry to load X.509 certificates into the PGP Universal Server. The effort provides BlackBerry users with automatic e-mail encryption, decryption, digital signatures and policy enforcement.
  • Diversinet Corp., a provider of secure mobile solutions, demonstrated the results of its partnership with RIM, showing a component under development for its Passport Trust Platform designed to simplify and speed the provisioning of Internet standard S/MIME software and digital certificates.
  • Saratoga Systems announced a secure wireless solution for its iAvenue CRM suite that will allow BlackBerry handheld users access to customer information anytime, anywhere. Check out eWEEK.coms Mobile & Wireless Center at http://wireless.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis.

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    Carol Ellison is editor of eWEEK.com's Mobile & Wireless Topic Center. She has authored whitepapers on wireless computing (two on network security–,Securing Wi-Fi Wireless Networks with Today's Technologies, Wi-Fi Protected Access: Strong, Standards-based Interoperable Security for Today's Wi-Fi Networks, and Wi-Fi Public Access: Enabling the future with public wireless networks.

    Ms. Ellison served in senior and executive editorial positions for Ziff Davis Media and CMP Media. As an executive editor at Ziff Davis Media, she launched the networking track of The IT Insider Series, a newsletter/conference/Web site offering targeted to chief information officers and corporate directors of information technology. As senior editor at CMP Media's VARBusiness, she launched the Web site, VARBusiness University, an online professional resource center for value-added resellers of information technology.

    Ms. Ellison has chaired numerous industry panels and has been quoted as a networking and educational technology expert in The New York Times, Newsday, The Los Angeles Times and The Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio's All Things Considered, CNN Headline News, WNBC and CNN/FN, as well as local and regional Comcast and Cablevision reports. Her articles have appeared in most major hi-tech publications and numerous newspapers and magazines, including The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor.

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