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Old 10-10-2006, 08:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am as new to this type of technology as I can be and am looking to the experts here for direction.

I have been asked to research for my company the possibility of using BlackBerrys for our mobile workforce. Right now they all have laptops and access Lotus Notes through a secure VPN connection to our network. Along with this they use a client management program to enter activities and notes from contacts they have made in their day to day office visits.

What we want to do, and please tell me if it is not possible, is use their laptops at home only and when traveling rely completely on Blackberrys. We would like to connect them to connect to our network through a VPN connection, access Lotus Notes email, and possibly run a terminal services client that will allow them to run their client management software to log their office visit activities.

Other items that we are very interested in is GPS and Navigation. Is there some third party software that can be installed that will provide this. Looking for a possible audible voice navigation so that it can guide them safely while driving in the busy cities.

Some type of Microsoft office application that will allow them to open word docs, spreadsheets, and powerpoint presentations is a must.

One other item of concern is printing. Is direct printing from the Blackberry supported?

We have a rather large budget to spend on this project. Any advice or direction on this is greatly appreciated. Even if this post would be better served on another part of this forum I would like to know.

Thank you,
Mike
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would suggest you call a RIM business development/sales person, and ask them. Get in touch with the right people and they will put together a proposal for you.
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I would suggest you call a RIM business development/sales person, and ask them. Get in touch with the right people and they will put together a proposal for you.
Thank you for the quick reply.... Like I said I just started looking into this today so please forgive my noobie questions.

What is RIM?
Can you suggest some kind of consultant?
Does what I'm asking above sound possible?

Again thank you...
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Old 10-10-2006, 09:47 PM   #4 (permalink)
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My guess right now, based on what you said, would be to go to a WM 5 device rather than a BB, especially since you want to use Microsoft Office applications.
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I am as new to this type of technology as I can be and am looking to the experts here for direction.

I have been asked to research for my company the possibility of using BlackBerrys for our mobile workforce. Right now they all have laptops and access Lotus Notes through a secure VPN connection to our network. Along with this they use a client management program to enter activities and notes from contacts they have made in their day to day office visits.

What we want to do, and please tell me if it is not possible, is use their laptops at home only and when traveling rely completely on Blackberrys. We would like to connect them to connect to our network through a VPN connection, access Lotus Notes email, and possibly run a terminal services client that will allow them to run their client management software to log their office visit activities.
They will be able to send and rceive e-mails. I've seen som TS clinets, but they are slow, and the BB display size is not very good for that kind of work. Most BB TS clients are aimed at IT admins.

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Other items that we are very interested in is GPS and Navigation. Is there some third party software that can be installed that will provide this. Looking for a possible audible voice navigation so that it can guide them safely while driving in the busy cities.
GPS, on some devices. Voice navs, NO.

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Some type of Microsoft office application that will allow them to open word docs, spreadsheets, and powerpoint presentations is a must.

One other item of concern is printing. Is direct printing from the Blackberry supported?

We have a rather large budget to spend on this project. Any advice or direction on this is greatly appreciated. Even if this post would be better served on another part of this forum I would like to know.

Thank you,
Mike

A WM5 based device may be better suited for you, were it not for Notes.

You may still benifit from the BB for the instant communications. But you won't really get away from the notebook for the rest.
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