Rim and Palm join forces

Research in Motion (Rim) and PalmSource have joined forces and announced that RIM’s BlackBerry Connect will be available to Palm...

Research in Motion (Rim) and PalmSource have joined forces and announced that RIM’s BlackBerry Connect will be available to Palm handheld and smartphone customers.

Through Rim’s BlackBerry Connect licensing program, Palm OS licensees will be offered Rim’s software solutions, providing enterprise customers with security, e-mail and corporate data connectivity.

The BlackBerry Enterprise Server supports Microsoft’s Exchange server and IBM’s Lotus Domino server environments.

Warren Chaisatien, senior telecom analyst at IDC said that the enterprise end-user community will benefit because Rim will handle the back-end and security for e-mail while allowing customers the flexibility of not choosing its front end.

"Before they struck this agreement, they wanted to be very careful…the delicate part of this kind of alliance is to make sure you actually achieve a win-win situation for both parties rather than cannibalising one another at the end of the day," he said.

For Rim, the deal represents its second alliance in three months.

In March, it announced a partnership with London-based software company Symbian making its BlackBerry e-mail system solution available on handsets using the Symbian operating system.

The deal also permitted cellular subscribers to receive and send corporate data on Symbian phones wirelessly .

PalmSource also unveiled its Business Solutions Program which, it said, will allow enterprise developers to submit their applications for a series of tests that once passed will validate the application as "enterprise-ready".

The product offers developers targeted market support such as high visibility and networking opportunities with PalmSource strategic partners, wireless service providers and independent software suppliers.

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