Hopefully this belongs here instead of serverfault...
I've been asked to evaluate smartphones and smartphone management software, including the blackberry (which is likely the winner of the evaluation even before the evaluation gets started).
The environment will be: all data will be on an exchange 2007 server. Users will expect to manage their email, calendar, contacts, meetings, tasks, and notes between their phone and the exchange server.
Sounds good except the blackberry requires some middleware tool such as a BES server of NotifySync.
This leads me to the following question:
- Is it possible to "test" a BES server in an exchange environment, or does it require so much work to get the "test" working that you give up and put the sucker into production because it's required 30 hours of integration and adjustment on the exchange server to get it working?
- Is there a reason to look at version 4.5 of the BES server or should I skip straight to the 5.0 server?
- Are there alternatives that are real alternatives? We've got a requirement that the platform must support verizon, so that rules out S60 devices. Windows mobile seems like it might be a good alternative, on paper, but in practice it seems like the kind of decision that'd get me fired because windows mobile, at least when I used it last, was unpleasant.