On Thursday, the companies announced a deal to integrate IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Access mobile software with BlackBerry Enterprise Server software. The software will let BlackBerry users access and work with their company's servers wirelessly, according to RIM. It is expected to be available on all Java-based BlackBerry handhelds, including the new.
The agreement expands the Canadian wireless messaging developer's existing relationship with Big Blue. IBM Global Services is already a systems integrator for RIM, offering its customers installation, maintenance, financing and consulting services. In July, RIM started usingto allow BlackBerry subscribers to make phone calls, send and receive e-mails, and use instant messaging.
In the new partnership, the companies could develop applications to allow, for instance, salespeople to use BlackBerrys to access enterprise servers and request prices, enter orders, determine available inventory and confirm shipments, according to RIM.
The companies said there will be new software available to help developers use key features of the WebSphere Everyplace Access/BlackBerry applications, such as end-to-end security and always-on connection.