Ari to the rescue! .. “RIM hopes to release 5.0 by year-end, but that will depend on the quality of the code” .. Which Year?
BES is a critical piece in RIM’s effort to make its software and smartphones a foundation for next-generation mobile applications By John Cox, IDG News Service
May 14, 2008
A year after revealing a major upgrade of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server was under way, Research in Motion this week finally fleshed out what the new version will do, and put a delivery date on it.
The upcoming release of BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, codenamed Argon, is a critical piece in RIM’s effort to make its software and smartphones a foundation for next-generation mobile applications. For that to happen, enterprise BlackBerry administrators need to move visibility into the BES. They also need tools to simplify and automate deploying and managing scores of mobile applications, including line-of-business programs. Finally, they need improvements in BES to make it more reliable and scaleable if it’s to be the linchpin for mission-critical mobile business and communications.
At the conference, RIM executives said the current software build of the 5.0 release is already running at 10 different customer sites worldwide, part of an “early adopter” testing program. The regular beta test will start “in a couple of months,” says Alan Panezic, RIM’s vice president for software product management. RIM hopes to release 5.0 by year-end, but that will depend on the quality of the code, Panezic says.