RIM announces app enterprise development platform

At the BlackBerry developer conference, DEVCON 2010, in San Francisco, RIM previewed BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware, an application development platform that will enable commercial enterprise and corporate developers to more easily build ‘super app’ enterprise applications and services for BlackBerry smartphones. IBM Interactive and customer ING Direct, Oracle, and SAP joined RIM to present their plans to enable super app development solutions and services using the new platform.

BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware will include a set of application programming interfaces (APIs), libraries and server software that will make it easier for developers to build super apps that can access instant data push and alerts, use efficient file transfers with enterprise applications, and make it easy to query a user’s device for geolocation, presence, current camera image, calendar availability, device type, and much more.

It will be possible to use it with popular application development platforms such as IBM WebSphere, Oracle Fusion Middleware and the mobility platform from SAP and Sybase, and can be integrated with these platforms to give access to developers.

These capabilities are combined with the advantages of the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution offering real time communication via true push technology, cost-effective data usage, efficiency over carrier networks, easy web-based administration of smartphones, servers, users, groups and applications, single sign-on, and secure wireless access to enterprise systems.

“BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware will make it easier to build essential enterprise functions in BlackBerry smartphone applications that are currently not available or easily built on any other mobile platform,” said Alan Brenner, senior vice president at RIM. “It also presents new opportunities for innovation in enterprise application development by our strategic alliance partners, enterprise customers, systems integrators and independent software vendor community.”

IBM Interactive, Oracle and SAP are currently using BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware in early trials.

The initial set of BlackBerry Enterprise Application Middleware libraries are expected to be available in closed beta later this year. Additional libraries are expected to be released in 2011.