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Research In Motion

March 21, 2005 04:00 ET

Customers Around the World Choose BlackBerry for Novell GroupWise


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MARCH 21, 2005 - 04:00 ET

Customers Around the World Choose BlackBerry for
Novell GroupWise

WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 21, 2005) - Research In Motion
(RIM) (NASDAQ:RIMM)(TSX:RIM) and Novell are meeting with GroupWise
customers this week at the Novell BrainShare 2005 conference to plan
broader deployments as well as new pilots for the BlackBerry® wireless
platform. BlackBerry Enterprise Server™ v4.0 for Novell GroupWise,
which launched worldwide earlier this year, is already gaining
popularity with a wide range of business and government organizations
because of the outstanding wireless features, exceptional manageability,
enhanced security and simplified application development capabilities it
offers to Novell GroupWise customers.

"BlackBerry continues to be the leading wireless platform for enterprise
customers because of its unique architecture and ability to satisfy both
users and IT departments. BlackBerry elegantly integrates with email
systems as well as a variety of back-end systems to extend information
and communications to people when and where they need it," said Mike
Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at Research In Motion. "Addressing
Novell's significant presence in the marketplace, particularly in
government, legal and healthcare sectors, BlackBerry provides GroupWise
users with the productivity and freedom of wireless connectivity while
IT departments can leverage the security, reliability, manageability and
scalability of the BlackBerry platform."

"The integration of Novell GroupWise and BlackBerry Enterprise Server
means our customers will have the opportunity to experience always-on
wireless access to email and extend their investment in GroupWise to
wireless environments," said Ed Anderson, vice president of product
marketing for Novell's platforms group. "BlackBerry Enterprise Server
for Novell GroupWise is so compelling and delivers such a strong return
on investment that we have begun implementing it throughout our own
company and have been enjoying the productivity benefits of wireless
access to information."

BlackBerry is an award-winning wireless platform that helps users stay
connected to people and information. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0
is designed to work with existing enterprise systems to enable secure,
push-based, wireless access to email and other corporate data.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 now brings advanced BlackBerry
wireless connectivity and synchronization to Novell GroupWise customers.
This solution directly integrates with GroupWise running in NetWare,
Windows and Linux environments.

"As one of the world's largest health organizations, New York City
Health and Hospitals needs to be able to securely communicate business
and clinical information 24x7x365," said Corey Cush, Sr. Director of
Networking Services, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation
(NYCHHC). "With BlackBerry integration into GroupWise, our clinical and
executive staffs are able to stay in touch while traveling throughout
the five boroughs of NYC. In addition, it is imperative for the business
and clinical aspect of healthcare to remain accessible at all times. As
the senior director of network services for NYCHHC, I have first-hand
knowledge of the significance of 24-hour accessibility. BlackBerry
allows that accessibility, thus improving response time, which can be
crucial for our patients."

"The Senate of Pennsylvania's trial of BlackBerry Enterprise Server for
Novell GroupWise has been very successful," said Deborah Maguire,
Executive Director of Computer Services. "The ease of application
deployment and state-of-the-art wireless communications has helped staff
stay in touch on many levels, including email, instant calendar updates,
as well as contacts and has greatly improved efficiency."

"Wireless synchronization of corporate applications is essential for
business at SCHWARZ PHARMA. BlackBerry Enterprise Server for Novell
GroupWise keeps employees up to date and allows them to use enterprise
applications on the go," said Etienne Huber, IT-System Manager at
Germany-based SCHWARZ PHARMA. "I was surprised at the ease of installing
this solution. We had no problem adding and configuring users."

"Having the ability to use GroupWise and the BlackBerry platform
together has helped everyone stay in touch and enabled faster access to
information, helping our productivity to increase. Quiksilver operates
global offices and the importance of quick communication is pivotal and
the BlackBerry and GroupWise solution has allowed us to grow our
wireless communications," said Peter Varszeghy, IT Support Coordinator
for Australia-based Quiksilver.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 continues to build upon and enhance
many of the core features that have made BlackBerry the leading wireless
platform for corporate and government users. New features include:

Simplified Application Development - BlackBerry provides a robust
wireless platform to support enterprise applications such as CRM and
business intelligence as well as more specialized applications in
sectors such as real estate, health care, legal, government and
financial services. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 provides an
enhanced browser and Java development tools that enable developers to
easily create and deploy applications for BlackBerry. The Mobile Data
Service feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server is uniquely designed to
provide ISVs and in-house corporate developers with an environment that
supports corporate data access and interaction capabilities beyond
email. With BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, customers can leverage their
existing, approved BlackBerry architecture and security model to deploy
reliable, secure, end-to-end applications without any additional
infrastructure to learn or support. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0
also features new development toolkits including additional APIs for
browser and phone applications and content protection.

Simplified Deployment and Maintenance - BlackBerry Enterprise Server
v4.0 enables users to quickly connect their handheld to BlackBerry
Enterprise Server with cradle-less wireless provisioning, making it
easier for IT departments to deploy BlackBerry throughout their company.
IT administrators can also use the handheld configuration tool to
centrally load handheld software and provision handhelds with
appropriate user data.

Enhanced Handheld Asset Control - IT departments with BlackBerry
Enterprise Server v4.0 are provided with additional statistics regarding
handhelds that are deployed for enhanced administration and asset
tracking. IT departments can remotely control which applications can be
installed on handhelds.

Additional Wireless Security Capabilities - BlackBerry sets the standard
for secure wireless data access with support for Triple DES. With
BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0, additional security features are
offered though full support of AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) and
content protection on the handheld with local data encryption.
Additional features include an optional AES encrypted password keeper
application that securely stores password entries (e.g. banking
passwords and PINs), wireless IT policy support, wireless password
controls, wireless lock/wipe commands and wireless encryption key
regeneration.

Increased Access Control - IT administrators can now control which
application servers are allowed to push content to handhelds through
BlackBerry Mobile Data Service, and control the application servers that
users can access through BlackBerry Mobile Data Service. This
functionality provides IT administrators more granular control of users
accessing content with either a pull or push model.

Offline Improvements - The BlackBerry Browser now supports automatic
queuing of web page requests if the user is outside a wireless coverage
area when the web page is initially requested. These web page requests
are formatted correctly and then queued, similar to how emails are
queued when composed while out of coverage. This capability can be used
for form submission/applications so forms can be completed on the
handheld and sent without worrying about coverage conditions. When back
in coverage, these submissions are submitted automatically with
responses returned to the queue within the BlackBerry Browser so users
can view them.

Enhanced Wireless Experience - BlackBerry continues to add functionality
to enhance the end-user experience. BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0
provides customers with an enhanced data experience through improved
attachment handling capabilities (including the ability to view images,
footnotes and track changes), an enriched browser for wireless access to
Internet and intranet applications and complete cradle-free wireless
synchronization of all email and organizer applications, including the
ability to remotely control email filters and out-of-office replies from
the handheld. BlackBerry Handheld Software v4.0 also includes enhanced
phone features, such as an improved user interface and an A to Z speed
dial.

Additional Enhancements:

- Ability to download a variety of image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, TIFF
and PNG) and store them on the handheld

- Image manipulation controls (pan, zoom and rotate)

- Ability to search the address book, calendar, memo pad, tasks and
messages applications simultaneously

- Support for additional fields and categories within the address book,
memo pad and task applications

- Cradle-free, wireless synchronization of 'sent items' between a user's
BlackBerry handheld and desktop PC

- Ability to tentatively accept calendar appointments on the BlackBerry
handheld with or without comments and be notified of meeting conflicts

- BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 enables the delivery of extended
character sets such as traditional and simplified Chinese

For more information on the new features of BlackBerry Enterprise
Software v4.0 for Novell GroupWise and how to order, please visit
www.blackberry.com/go/serverupdate.

About Research In Motion (RIM)

Research In Motion is a leading designer, manufacturer and marketer of
innovative wireless solutions for the worldwide mobile communications
market. Through the development of integrated hardware, software and
services that support multiple wireless network standards, RIM provides
platforms and solutions for seamless access to time-sensitive
information including email, phone, SMS messaging, Internet and
intranet-based applications. RIM technology also enables a broad array
of third party developers and manufacturers to enhance their products
and services with wireless connectivity to data. RIM's portfolio of
award-winning products, services and embedded technologies are used by
thousands of organizations around the world and include the
BlackBerry® wireless platform, the RIM Wireless Handheld™ product
line, software development tools, radio-modems and software/hardware
licensing agreements. Founded in 1984 and based in Waterloo, Ontario,
RIM operates offices in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. RIM is
listed on the Nasdaq Stock Market (Nasdaq:RIMM) and the Toronto Stock
Exchange (TSX:RIM). For more information, visit www.rim.com or
www.blackberry.com.

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