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| | My idea to create a BB sync service
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I run a small web development business. Not satisfied with the BB syncing options available for BIS users, I asked one of my developers to simply add a SyncML gateway to the company Address Book (which is stored on our intranet). Most mobile phones have SyncML built in (though on the BB you must install a SyncML app).
The company address book can be updated/viewed on our intranet, and very soon, also on managers BBs. It also exports CSV/vCard files that we can import into GMail, our email software, our VoIP, and an RSS feed to populate our SendSMS service. It only takes 10 min to create exports for other apps, and there is also a "general" export.
The results is that the address book syncs between our intranet and our BBs, and we have a one-way feed to GMail, Email software etc.
Outlook can also sync (2-way) with SyncML, so I suppose that users could do that. However, as we are all programmers, none of us here use Microsoft.
I was thinking of putting a seperate copy of this setup on a company server and opening it up to the public. Instead of accessing via intranet, you would do it online. I mean we only need to copy it over and modify for public use. After that it's just a case of fixing any bugs people report.
My question: Would anyone use such a service?
My hesitation is that it is a shame that this would only Sync address books. I mean, it does sync Notes, Calendar, and To-Do list with the Intranet. But then what next? It appears in the users intranet, but would they really make use of it there? I suppose they could then SyncML it with their Outlook. What about non Outlook users? What would they want to Sync it with? Here at our company we use Google Calendar (for businesses) for sharing calendars, and CSV Exports to share address book.