I was recently asked this question. And I had to stop a minute and think about it. Why not? Lotus Notes Traveler at least in my environment has been one of the easiest mobile deployments – ever! Easiest to install and easiest to manage. And best of all – the users love it. We’re up to over 300 Apple and Windows devices and more than 35 using the Android beta version. They simply can’t get enough. And the price is right – it’s included in our Domino license.
So, why couldn’t Lotus Notes Traveler be ported to the Blackberry? I’m sure some really smart engineering type people are going to respond to this question and tell me why. But can we think outside the box for a moment? Do we need to always limit ourselves to the current architecture when faced with something that might require a bit of work? The Blackberry Enterprise Server is a lot of work to manage and upgrade. Providing failover is also painful. And it’s an additional expense on top of your Domino licensing. I know that historically RIM and IBM/Lotus have a long and successful relationship and BES was a successful solution when there was no other. But perhaps it’s time to revisit that solution and add another mobile device to the Traveler success suite.