Cloud services and your business: What’s your strategy?


Recently, we announced the launch of the BlackBerry® Cloud Service for Microsoft® Office® 365 Beta offering. We’ve had some great feedback from the industry and our customers, but several IT managers wanted a bit more information on what they need to do to take full advantage of this cloud solution.

Cloud computing based solutions continue to be an increasingly important part of IT strategies. Regardless of where your organization is at today, they’ll want to start thinking about their migration plans and taking time to work out a robust transition schedule that minimizes any business disruptions. Additionally when you think about email and other facets of the Microsoft Office 365 suite, consider the non-communication uses of email. Many companies use email for invoice routing, updating CRM systems through formatted shortcodes, and the like. What are those business needs? How will they be impacted? How could these workflows benefit, not only from a cloud based alternative, but also from being made mobile?

Now, if you’re a customer on a pre-existing Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS) solution, BlackBerry smartphones will continue to be supported for existing BPOS Customers until you transition to Microsoft Office 365. You can continue using your BlackBerry devices with existing Microsoft service for Exchange Online with no discontinuation of service until your transition. The previous $10/month fee was removed in March, so connecting your BlackBerry device to your Microsoft solution is free!

For new Microsoft Office 365 customers, simply sign up for a trial or full subscription of Microsoft Office 365 and you will have the option to add BlackBerry smartphone connectivity through the BlackBerry Business Cloud Service offering within the Microsoft Office 365 portal. Once you have agreed to the BlackBerry Cloud Service Terms and Conditions you will be able to provision and manage BlackBerry smartphones within your organization.

We encourage you to take advantage of this offer and register your organization for the BlackBerry Business Cloud Service Beta. This program will allow organizations to get a feel for the service offering and see how it fits with their business needs. Not only will this help to put you ahead of your peers, but the feedback you provide will help us continue to improve the product and ensure it meets your specific needs moving forward.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started with your organization’s Beta now!

About Roger B.

Joining Research In Motion® (RIM) in 2001, Roger has worked in BlackBerry® Alliance Marketing, vertical segment marketing and product marketing. By leveraging this diverse background, for the past few years Roger has been involved with market research, analyst relations, and other research initiatives. A graduate of the Ivey Business School and MIT’s Executive program in Strategy & Innovation, Roger has been involved in technology marketing for the past 15 years working in Asia, Europe, and North America. Passionate about the impact technology has on people and processes, he brings this vast array of experiences together as a lead contributor to the “BlackBerry For Business” social media presence.

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