: RIMs Partnering Success"> Howard Beader, director of product marketing for SAP Solutions for Mobile Business, said customers such as TransAlta have been asking "what else can we do with the BlackBerries" and are working with vendors and solutions providers on answers. SAP, which has partnered with RIM "for a long time now," according to Beader, has announced it will roll out a BlackBerry-based application in the third quarter that will provide instant access to its CRM system.Massachusetts-based InterNoded Inc., for instance, currently hosts BES servers for about 50 customers in the northeast. "This is an incredibly rich and rapidly growing space," said Julie Palen, founder and CEO of InterNoded. "The device sale has really taken off, but theres also a big push on the integration side to go beyond pen and data." In addition to RIM, InterNoded works with six North American carries and IBM to offer messaging and other BlackBerry data delivery services to its customers. "Companies want this device, but if they want to roll it out to less than 2,000 [people], its not an inexpensive task," Palen said. InterNoded builds the BES, does the implementation and provides multidomain support that allows them to securely and separately host multiple companys e-mail. The cost to customers is as little as $25 per user per month. Increasingly, InterNoded is taking on data center operations for clients. And that, Palen said, will "become more and more prevalent as people do more than PIM and e-mail." Check out eWEEK.coms Mobile & Wireless Center at http://wireless.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis.
While partners such as SAP labor to bring applications to large enterprises and assist customers such as Transalta in integrating BlackBerry services with their ERP systems, other solutions providers are scaling RIMs services to the midmarket.