Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Jul 2011 22:27 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Research in Motion said today it is planning to cut 2000 jobs as part of a cost optimization program. The company gave other additional details on the program as well, which it first announced in June. The changes are aimed at creating greater alignment of the organization, and streamlining its operations to better position the company for future growth and profitability."
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To use a BB device on an Exchange infrastructure , you need BES, or if on BIS, BES Express or third party yearly licensed apps on the BB client.

WebOS, Android, and WinMO along with supporting wireless PIM from google, yahoo, etc also do activesync ...for free.

RIM needs to support activesync on BIS for free and kill off those third parties for their own good. Also, it costs on average $10 or more to use a Blackberry on the same big 3 cell providers. There is no differentiator with BIS except that it costs more per month for the consumer. BES still has a place.

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Nico57 Member since:

BES Express is free, so the price is not an issue on the infrastructure side.
Except that you indeed need dedicated server software+hardware, and that BESX requirements are outrageously high.

As for the carriers charging for not blocking BlackBerry traffic, there's not much that RIM can do about it.
It's a nasty business, but that's how mobile telephony works today, and not likely to change in the short term.

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Flatland_Spider Member since:

Specifically you need a Windows server license to run BESX. If I could run BESX on RHEL or CentOS, I would have a BESX server and a Blackberry right now.

I investigated setting up a BESX server for the Blackberry users in the company, but we're not going to buy a Win Serv license when we're already paying for the Active Sync feature in Zimbra.

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sithlord2 Member since:

There is already the BlackBerry Express server, which offers the most common features of BES for free. It also works on a BIS subscription.

Besides, most companies don't choose BES for the sync features only, but also for the strong encryption features, and the very detailed policy settings you can push to BB devices (I don't know how much exactly, but it seems there are over 100 different settings you can manage).

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libray Member since:

Yet, without a need for BES or BES Express to be added to Exchange, all the other phone providers are able to do activesync directly and those devices cost less per month.

I see your point about the lots of other features that are allowed to be set through BES(x). With standard activesync, there is remote wipe plus maybe only a handful of others. That could be enough to allow the CEO to whisper to the CTO to tell the CISO to rewrite the policy and allow the iPhones of the world on the network.

Edited 2011-07-26 16:43 UTC

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