In This Chapter
Understanding the role of BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Knowing why you should use BlackBerry Enterprise Server
Deconstructing BES components
So far, you've mastered the features of your BlackBerry, familiarized yourself with Desktop Manager, and discovered everything there is to know about BlackBerry applications (including how to find and install some great ones!). Now it's time to explore communication across the enterprise. That's a jargony way of saying that you can connect your BlackBerry to a company network so that whether you're on the road or in the office you never miss a thing. The key to enterprise communications is BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which is— not surprisingly— the subject of this chapter.
The term enterprise is used to refer to a large corporate system. While an enterprise network may encompass a single office in a local area network, many business enterprises encompass national or international networks. Enterprise applications are applications that work across that massive network, enabling all employees to use the same tools to collaborate with each other.
BlackBerry Enterprise Server, or BES for short, is used to connect your BlackBerry with your company's e-mail servers and enterprise applications. In this chapter, we explore the role of BES in enterprise communications, give an overview of how the BlackBerry enterprise infrastructure works, and explain the various BES components that make the magic ...