RIM is getting ready to help business upgrade to BB10 and BES 10, but if you need help to do it, why not just do something else instead?

We now know that next January, to coincide with the launch of BlackBerry 10, RIM are making available a whole bunch of resources to help enterprises make the transition from the old RIM devices (your BlackBerry 7 Curves, Bolds, and the like) over to the new shininess that is BlackBerry 10.

Those resources and attended incentives are packaged up in something called the "BlackBerry 10 Ready Program".

Question is -- if this ends up being anything more than a "click and go" upgrade, wouldn't you just be better diverging off of the RIM platform altogether?

Get ready

The way this works is this. To run BlackBerry 7 devices, as an enterprise you will have Exchange installed. You will also have a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) sitting in your data center that shuttles data between Exchange and the handsets. Throughout RIM's history this both the handset OS components and the server components have been built, from the ground-up, by RIM.

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RIM launches readiness program ahead of BlackBerry 10 release

RIM launches readiness program ahead of BlackBerry 10 release


In preparation for BlackBerry 10, RIM is now offering a bevy of services, tools and information for enterprise customers -- including an offer to grab a new BlackBerry 10 device for network testing.


(In this article I'll be referring to "BES v5" to mean the existing product that manages BlackBerry 7 devices and earlier.)

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