| | 07-11-2012, 05:44 AM Thread Author #1
Will BB10 have complete Enterprise Integration like BB OS7?
As an "enterprise user", the reason I still take abuse around the office for having a BB is that I can easily do more of my job from my phone than any other platform. As I wait for BB10 to drop, I increasingly worry that it will be a step backwards in enterprise integration. It seems all of the coverage is around how RIM will address consumer feature gaps and not how RIM will continue to dominate in the areas of enterprise and security.
When evaluating the Playbook I noticed many of the features that exist on my BB OS7 device are missing from the Playbook OS - such as calendar availability. I understand that the Playbook OS and BB10 are not exactly the same. But I haven't found any reviews that cover the pure enterprise feature sets that BB10 will have.
Below are some of the reasons I'm still on BB as opposed to iOS, Android or Windows. If anyone can comment on whether they'll exist in BB10, it would be greatly appreciated.
Advanced Search - the ability to specify separate To/From, Subject, Body, Local/Remote, Email Type, etc. is paramount to finding the "needle in the haystack" which is my email.
Saved Search - the ability to take an advanced search and save it for frequent re-use.
Find in Message - the ability to find a phrase in the body of an open email. Critical for skipping through long emails to get to a specific point.
Attach Files / Contacts - the ability to attach files from the filesystem and contacts from the addressbook to any email.
View Calendar from Invite - the ability from within an email calendar invite to view the proposed calendar entry within the context of the rest of my calendar.
View Calendar Availability - critical for scheduling people and resources across multiple timezones.
Forward Calendar Entries - within calendar, the ability to forward an entry to another user.
Reply to Attendees - within calendar, the ability to reply to all attendees - different than updating the calendar invite.
Show Task Due Dates in Calendar - and alert on them.
View Attachments to Calendar Entries - enough said.
Remote User Lookup - in email and calendar, the ability to lookup corporate contacts not in the local addressbook. Bonus if the lookup is backgrounded like BB OS.
Browser behind the firewall - probably not possible without BES. Having to enable a VPN every time I want to hit an internal website is a PIA.
For me, enterprise integration is really about extending the full access to Exchange to the palm of my hand. At times I even prefer my BB to my Outlook client - it's faster for finding and attaching vcards to emails for example. Perhaps others have more enterprise features they could add to the list. I'm just hoping these don't go away. We need at least one enterprise focused mobile platform going forward. iOS, Android and Windows are decidedly consumer focused and lack deep integration with Exchange and the corporate network.