RIM killed off the Mobile Data Service (MDS) integration suite with BES 5.0.3 they have left a bit of a void. MDS was a way for companies to easily create BlackBerry applications that interface and connect to backend systems at the enterprise. RIM had a reason for creating MDS but they needed something to better help enterprises get hooked on BlackBerry beyond email and PIM.
While at the BlackBerry Developers Conference last year in September RIM let us know they were cooking up something called BEAM (BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware) as a platform for easy enterprise development. RIM was showing off how companies can use this upcoming tool to hook into SAP, Oracle Fusion, and IBM WebSphere with the solution. The solution was supposed to allow enterprise apps to be super apps with GPS, Camera, push data, and other more sophisticated features without as much overhead.
Josep from MiBlackBerry let us know that RIM has started to open up private beta testing of the BEAM solution to select companies. My guess is we will be seeing an full on launch or at least a public beta at BlackBerry World in May and RIM is simply preparing. Here is how RIM describes BEAM to their beta testers:
What is BEAM?
BEAM is middleware that simplifies the development of mobile enterprise applications for BlackBerry. BEAM includes the following features:
- Mobilizes data sources inside or outside an enterprise
- Gives developers easy access to back-end data systems via familiar interfaces
- Empowers business end-users with real-time, seamless access to major application suite data
What problems does BEAM solve?
- Facilitates access to enterprise data on BlackBerry Smartphones
- Provides access to information on BlackBerry Smartphones to remote enterprise servers
What are the benefits of BEAM?
- Lowers development time and cost associated with building B2E, B2B or B2C applications on BlackBerry
- Richer, more productive experience for BlackBerry users
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