Why use Outlook Mobile Access instead of Blackberry Enterprise Server.

Posted on 2007-10-03
Last Modified: 2013-12-27
We currently have a BES 4.1 with 100 users. I would like to try using OMA with a Treo 700wx.

I'm trying to sell this to the CIO of my company so we can try using OMA instead of RIM. Please give me some reason why we should be using OMA instead of RIM.

Question by:jasonlkennedy
    LVL 4

    Expert Comment

    Only reason I can think of is that OMA comes with Exchange out of the box - 'free' if you like.
    But OMA is a very basic ONLINE text based system (designed for basic WAP-based browsers), has no synchronisation or offline capability - - I can think of more reasons to buy BES than to use OMA... so based on these things, I think you'll find it a very, very, very, hard sell.
    I presume you've tried OMA yourself?  Try it from a mobile phone and see what you think!

    Best of luck!
    LVL 1

    Author Comment

    I think I asked the wrong question. I want to use Active Sync not OMA.
    LVL 104

    Accepted Solution

    OMA a web based access method, so I think you mean EAS.

    Why use it? If you have a fully deployed BES, then it is a difficult argument.
    You gain the wide range of devices, no need to buy CALs.
    You lose the heavy management of the devices - there isn't the admin support of the devices that you get with BES. Blackberry is a much more mature product, probably two versions, even more apart from Windows Mobile.

    Then you have the major problem. Windows Mobile isn't Blackberry. On pure brand alone, some people will only look at Blackberry because it is Blackberry.


    Featured Post

    Too many email signature updates to deal with?

    Are you constantly visiting users’ desks making changes to email signatures? Feel like it’s taking up all of your time? Wish you could manage all signatures from one central location, easily design them and deploy them quickly to users? Well, there is an easy way!

    Join & Write a Comment

    Resolve Outlook connectivity issues after moving mailbox to new Exchange 2016 server
    Local Continuous Replication is a cost effective and quick way of backing up Exchange server data. The following article describes the steps required to configure Local Continuous Replication. Also, the article tells you how to restore from a backup…
    Windows 8 came with a dramatically different user interface known as Metro. Notably missing from that interface was a Start button and Start Menu. Microsoft responded to negative user feedback of the Metro interface, bringing back the Start button a…
    The Task Scheduler is a powerful tool that is built into Windows. It allows you to schedule tasks (actions) on a recurring basis, such as hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, at log on, at startup, on idle, etc. This video Micro Tutorial is a brief intro…

    745 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

    Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

    Join & Ask a Question

    Need Help in Real-Time?

    Connect with top rated Experts

    14 Experts available now in Live!

    Get 1:1 Help Now