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(May 2, 2002) - BEA Systems, Inc. and Research In Motion Limited (RIM) have forged a strategic relationship to deliver a framework that eases the development and delivery of mobile enterprise Web services applications for the thousands of organizations using BlackBerryTM. BEA and RIM plan to jointly deliver a simple and flexible framework for developing and deploying mobile Web services on the BEA WebLogic Enterprise PlatformTM. The goal is to bring BEA's integrated development framework, BEA WebLogic WorkshopTM, and the unique characteristics of BlackBerry together in a single solution to support an always-on, push-based architecture with end-to-end security and back-end integration to corporate systems. The framework is intended to extend the power of Web services application development to provide independent software vendors (ISVs) and in-house corporate develo... (more)

RIM Wins "Unfettered Right" To Continue the BlackBerry Success Story, Pays NTP $450M

RIM and its customers yesterday won the "unfettered right" to continue in the BlackBerry-related wireless business when RIM and NTP, Inc. signed a binding term sheet that resolves all current litigation between them. RIM agreed to pay to NTP US$450 million in final and full settlement of all claims to date against RIM, as well as for a perpetual, fully-paid up license going forward. As part of the resolution, said RIM in a statement, "NTP will grant RIM and its customers an unfettered right to continue its BlackBerry-related wireless business without further interference from NTP o... (more)

Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and Nokia – The Only Four Big Enough To Eat RIM

Eating blackberries is easy; but eating BlackBerry would be more challenging. That was the conclusion of one analyst commenting on the rumors this week that Microsoft might be thinking of buying BlackBerry-maker RIM. Barry Richards of Paradigm Capital in Toronto told The Canadian Press that, in view of RIM's colossal $50BN market cap, "We are running out of possible acquirors and we are now left with Cisco, Microsoft, IBM and maybe Nokia." RIM reported first-quarter revenue in June of more than $1BN for the first time ever, while net profits jumped 73% to $232.2M, making the Canadi... (more)

Smartphone Deployments Accelerate in US

RIM’s BlackBerry dominates smartphone market share—at 37%—among all sizes of US businesses, while Microsoft’s Windows Mobile platform comes in second—at 26%—according to the Strategy Analytics Wireless Enterprise Strategies service report, “Smartphones for Business: US Carrier & Platform Choice.” Among the companies surveyed, Verizon Wireless and AT&T dominated business subscriptions, with AT&T slightly ahead in large enterprises (1000+), while Verizon showed greater penetration among small companies (under 100). Employees of large enterprises were also the most loyal BlackBerr... (more)

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Achieve Common Criteria EAL4+ Certification

Research In Motion has announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0 has been awarded Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 4+ (EAL4+) certification. Common Criteria is an international standard for evaluating security products. Widely respected for its extensive and comprehensive evaluation by an independent third party, EAL4+ accreditation examines the design, software development methodology, and security mechanisms of BlackBerry Enterprise Server. "As a market leader in delivering secure, mobile solutions, RIM is committed to achieving independent, third party approv... (more)