Oracle has partnered with a small Canadian software company to allow users of its Oracle Collaboration Suite e-mail product to access their mail on BlackBerry handhelds.
Consilient Technologies has been named exclusive partner for BlackBerry connectivity by Oracle, Consilient president and chief executive officer Trevor Adey said.
Oracle is targeting Microsoft Exchange 5.5 users who are faced with an upgrade to Exchange 2000 or the new Exchange 2003 because support for Exchange 5.5 will end next year.
"There are many enterprises and government agencies that are considering moving from Exchange to Oracle Collaboration Suite and one of the important components is connectivity for executives to the BlackBerry platform," Adey said. "It is a big box that Oracle can check off now that they are going head to head with Microsoft."
The Consilient2 is built on top of the BlackBerry Enterprise Server sold by BlackBerry maker Research In Motion (RIM).
In its first release, Consilient2 pushes only e-mail to BlackBerry devices, which will include support for calendaring, tasks lists and address book early next year when Oracle will also update its Collaboration Suite.
Consilient2 costs about $100 per user, with volume discounts available, and works with Oracle Collaboration Suite Release 2.
RIM sells software that supports BlackBerry for Exchange and IBM's Lotus Domino e-mail products.
Oracle shipped the first version of its Collaboration Suite in August last year, followed by Release 2 in June.
Oracle claims to have sold Collaboration Suite to 500 customers in its financial year 2003, which ended 31 May.
Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service