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September 18, 2009

Blackberry device, Blackberry Enterprise Server and the Network Operation Center of RIM

Blackberry Enterprise Server and the Network Operation Center of RIM

Here I have given little information about the Blackberry device, Blackberry Enterprise server and the Network Operation Center of Research In Motion.

We know that a blackberry device when configured with the intranet network of an organization can receive emails being pushed from the intranet mail server. The push option of the blackberry will notify you whenever a new mail comes in the blackberry or a meeting request comes is one of the important features of this device. The under given paragraph explains how the whole the Blackberry device the Back end Blackberry Enterprise server and the Network Operation Center of RIM works together.

Every enterprise which has a Blackberry infrastructure has a Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES). The BES is a server which can talk to the Micros soft Exchange Server or lotus Domino of the enterprise to retrieve the mails. Once a mail comes in the mail exchange server of a enterprise the mail is retrieved by the BES server and then sent it to the NOC of RIM. The NOC is the data center where all the mails or data transfer between the BES and the Blackberry device passes through. There are two NOC of RIM one is in Canada and the other one in US. From the NOC the emails will be transferred to the appropriate devices. One of the main advantages for using the NOC is the security advantage; all the traffic between the BES is encrypted using triple DES as it travels through the NOC. And because all the traffic goes through the NOC before being routed to the BES, the BES accepts incoming transactions from only one location that is the NOC thus receiving only trusted data. Some other smart phones accept incoming transactions from the internet which makes it exposed to receive untrusted data.

Blackberry and SAP

Research In Motion (RIM) and SAP® are making SAP Customer Relationship Management (SAP CRM) available virtually anywhere, anytime. 

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Simple way of connecting a Blackberry application to SAP

Connecting Java Applications for Blackberry to SAP Application

The most common way to connect a Blackberry application  to a SAP application is by using the standard HTTP protocol. As of now there is no API which is included by the RIM which allows the Blackberry application to directly talk to a SAP application. The work around to connect to a SAP application from a Blackberry application is to employ a back-end application which supports HTTP protocol. The flow of connection is as follows: 

          1. The Blackberry application sends data to the back-end application using HTTP POST

          2. It can retrieve data HTTP GET

          3. The Blackberry application can even synchronize data with the back-end application which handles the connection between itself and the SAP application.

The back-end application makes use of JCo to connect itself to the SAP application. Its a very good and a common way to pass all the data exchanged between the Blackberry application and the beck-end application in a form which can be parsed by both the applications. This will enable the back-end application to pass the data to and fro between the Blackberry application and the SAP application after parsing it in a form suitable by the SAP application.


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