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Groupwise and/or Exchange

Hello, I need youre opinion.

We have a new client with  Novell SB 6.5 and Groupwise 6.5.1

It works, but then want to syncronise to Blackberry or Iphone.
Is there a way make this work stable with Groupwise?

Or is it better to migrate to exchange?
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eltie
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SriHarsha KTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
Hi eltie,

Frankly i am not much aware of Groupwise.

BES with Exhange will be a better option in my opinion.
But you got to handle Exchange server and with that you can even have the ActiveSync option which can be used by Iphone and windows mobiles too.


Cheers,
Doertalk.
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SriHarsha KTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
Exchange is more costlier than Groupwise.
So you got to keep that before planing anything further.
http://www.open-horizons.de/wp-content/plugins/downloads-manager/upload/GroupWise_versus_Exchange_comparison.pdf
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SriHarsha KTechnical Services SpecialistCommented:
I have just browsed few links and got some important info.
If its a small oraganization then you can just continue with groupwise.
It does support Blackberry and Iphones.

Ref- http://www.novell.com/products/groupwise/frequently-asked-questions.html
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eltieAuthor Commented:
ok thanks for the replies.
But has anyone experience with Groupwise and smartphones?

Otherwise we will run a pilot
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
How many user do they have? Exchange for a small business can be too much time and maintenance. I put most of my clients into online solutions, hosted email, exchange online (depending on which features they want) and today most (but not all) support most platforms includes smartphones.
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eltieAuthor Commented:
It is a small company : 10 users
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I would then seriously consider an online solution--reduces cost and shifts keeping up with updates and email security to provider and way from local resources. Now the question becomes what features do they need--shared calendars and contacts. There are all kinds of options and pricing. There are even free options like Outlook.com (hotmail) or google's gmail/docs or Office 365 or just about any email hosting company
http://www.godaddy.com/email/email-hosting.aspx?ci=12942&app_hdr=99
http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/office365/what-is-office365.aspx (more than just email)
http://mail.google.com/mail/help/open.html
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eltieAuthor Commented:
But the question was
But has anyone experience with Groupwise and smartphones?

Because if there are positive responses, there is no need for extra costs
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Lionel MMSmall Business IT ConsultantCommented:
I was referring to your question (Or is it better to migrate to exchange? ). The cost of switching to exchange is very high with instail and on-going costs--that is what my options addressed, since you said it was a small office of only 10 users. However Groupwise does have a data synchronizer but I am not sure if your version has it or not--latest version do http://www.novell.com/products/data-synchronizer/?ref=h
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eltieAuthor Commented:
thanks for the feed back!
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