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Old 02-15-2008, 06:09 AM   #1 (permalink)
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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.
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Old 02-15-2008, 06:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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check this out BBerysync i am not sure if they would just want to sync address book. If you have one you wiill want it all. But this is great start keep up the good work.
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My question: Would anyone use such a service?
I'm guessing the determining factor would be cost. If it's $30/month or more then there's no reason to not just switch to hosted BES (and a BES-enabled data plan).
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I'm guessing the determining factor would be cost. If it's $30/month or more then there's no reason to not just switch to hosted BES (and a BES-enabled data plan).
agreed one guy on here was doing a co op at one time but it was 20 bucks and I passed I can pay 10 more a month and get a real hosted BES and be more secure.
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Well actually, it was going to be free. Ad now I'm thinking that maybe we could add a gateway for the Outlook sync, so it Syncs automatically.

Where is the guy who was doing the BES co op? I've looked at hosted BES and it's too dear. But $20 - $30 is fine!
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