Originally Posted by mistermix
I'm talking about businesses with 20 or fewer employees that can't (or won't) make the investment in BES and exchange or notes. This market wants BES-like functionality in BIS - OTA calendar sync as well as full email functionality. To me, BB is *almost* there. I have high hopes for the Yahoo deal.
Actually, this opened up an alternative market. I have at least one friend and know of a number of companies who are making a killing by hosting applications and support for small business, which includes hosted BES and Exchange servers. They effectively create large-corporation entity at the small business level (in much the same way hosted telephony companies are creating large-pbx impressions.) To my way of thinking, RIM had exactly this in mind, and it would not surprise me in the least if they didn't release a small-business edition BES precisely to meet this market segment.