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Alternatives to Blackberry platforms for mobile email?

Hi,

We have Exchange 2007 email system and are considering Enterprise mobile email i.e. all incoming/outgoing emails must be scanned for compliance.

With the increased sophistication of Smartphones, are there alternatives to Blackberry push email platform?

If we drop the push email capability, does it mean we can use any Smartphones with Outlook for Exchange capability?

Is there any strong advantages of using Blackberry platform other than for the push email capability?

Thanks.
Joo
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The biggest advantage for most companies was the management instrumentation that ships with Blckberry Enterprise Server (BES) and allows ontrol of the devices. Most IT departments frown when they are asked to implement open standard phones like Android or ipones due to the lack of easy administration. What about Windows mobile based phones?  Management for windows mobile devices is available via system center mobile device manager.
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You have a lot more control over the devices with a BES server....

for example, one of the gripes ppl used to have with iPhone and exchange, is the limited 4 number pin to unlock the phone....

Some organizations required a higher level of security which you couldnt control on the phone.....

I dont know if this is still the case, but there are things like this, where you have more control over BB phones than you would have with Android or iPhone.....

if this doesnt really matter to you, then I believe you should be able to start testing other OS phones right now..... inline with your BES server....
Joe RudSystems Administrator
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I'm no expert here by any means, however, in regards to some of dekkar's points:

My company has some support of iPhones - we require at least a 6 digit PIN, and after 10 fails an auto-wipe of the phone is done.

Calendar, Contacts, Email are all sync-ed.

I can't speak to other tools that ActiveSync includes for device control...
Rob KnightConsultant
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Hi,

Take a look at Good Mobile Enterprise - www.good.com.

This offers the only BES type solution for SmartPhones including iOS, Android, Symbian S60, Windows Mobile with others to be added shortly. iOS and Android tablets are also supported so you could use the same solution with, for example, iPhones and iPads.

It includes NOC based push email, calendar, contacts etc., a secure intranet browser on some platforms and Mobile Device Management functions allowing you to secure your devices, force encryption, set password complexities, OTA kill and more - full iOS MDM policies are available with an Apple certificate.

RIM actually licence some of the technology from GOOD.

Hope this helps.

Regards,


RobMobility.
Rob KnightConsultant
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Hi,

Just to add, although there is a one off per CAL fee for each device (plus annual maintenance if you wanted support), there is no BES enterprise dataplan bolt-on at around $40.00 per device per month - you'd need this will the full version of BES and a BIS or BES dataplan for BES Express.

Therefore, after 4 months or so, BlackBerry becomes the more expensive and less flexible solution.

Regards,


RobMobility.

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