(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 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)
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)
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
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)
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)