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Mobilize Your Workforce with BlackBerry

Experience the Evolution of Mobility with BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.1 for Novell GroupWise

Written by Ken Baker

Business can happen any time at anyplace; you need to be just as productive on the go as you would be in the office. Research in Motion (RIM) in collaboration with Novell further enhances mobility for GroupWise users with the recent release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server V5.0.1 (SP1) for Novell GroupWise 8.

“Our main goal is to fully, securely and efficiently mobilize GroupWise users,” says Slav Koziarski, Product Manager for Research In Motion. “Both RIM and Novell are committed to continue working closely together and provide our customers with high-quality products which address their mobility needs. Our product management and development teams have worked very hard to make this release the best to date.”

Both RIM and Novell are committed to continue working closely together and provide our customers with high-quality products which address their mobility needs.

More features for Mobile Users

Fully supporting BlackBerry smartphones running wide range of BlackBerry Handheld Operating Systems including version 5 and 6, BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) 5.0.1 for Novell GroupWise delivers an array of new features to help your GroupWise 8 users and administrators as well as your BlackBerry users be more productive while mobile. One of these new features allows you to synchronize multiple GroupWise address books with your BlackBerry smartphone, a feature that has been widely requested from the user community. In the past, you only had the ability to synchronize a single address book. But now if you have personal address books in addition to your business address book, you can synchronize them too, giving you convenient access to all your contacts.

This version of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Novell GroupWise also provides users with remote access from their BlackBerry devices to files stored on their office servers. (See Figure 1.) Specifically, the “Files” feature allows you to securely retrieve, view, edit* (Requires additional editing software such as Docs To Go) and email documents stored behind your firewall on your Windows network file shares. So, if you’re running to a meeting and realize you need to look at a certain file stored on your network, you can now access it from your BlackBerry smartphone. Or, if you are a frequent road warrior and need access to certain files while away from the office, you can leave those files on your network share and access them from your BlackBerry device as needed* (minimum device code version 5 needed).

The attachment file support in this latest release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for GroupWise has been expanded as well. It now lets you open and view any word processing document, spreadsheet or presentation that you might receive as an Open Document Format (ODF) e-mail attachment on your BlackBerry. This includes documents created with OpenOffice.org applications.

Additionally, if you have the BlackBerry Presenter peripheral, you can run a whole PowerPoint or PDF presentation directly from your BlackBerry handheld. This reduces the need to carry your laptop around to meetings just so you can give a presentation. You can leave your laptop back at the office and just bring your BlackBerry.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.1 for GroupWise now lets you forward calendar meeting invitations including those invitations that contain file attachments, directly from your BlackBerry smartphone. (See Figure 2.) It also gives you the power to create, move, browse, rename and delete your GroupWise e-mail folders from your BlackBerry just as you can from your GroupWise client. All of these new features empower your mobile users, ensuring they have the right tools to drive business on the go. After all, there is no need to always have your laptop with you.

Now if you have personal address books in addition to your business address book, you can synchronize them too, giving you convenient access to all your contacts.

Simplifying Mobile Management

The enhancements to BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0.1 for GroupWise not only address the wish lists of the BlackBerry and GroupWise user community, but this release also addresses several key requirements of the IT administrator community as well. As a primary example, the product is now much easier to install and manage. To help you get a feel for the ease of installation, you can take a virtual installation walkthrough by visiting this tutorial provided by RIM.

In terms of ease of administration, RIM has introduced the BlackBerry Administration Service (BAS), which offers dynamic, Web-based administration. BAS provides admins with centralized management of your BlackBerry Enterprise Server, letting you manage user accounts; assign user groups, administrative roles and software configurations; and apply IT policies to user accounts from any browser on your network rather than having to go to a specific server. (See Figure 3.)

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