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Presentation prepared by Jan Guldentops, CEO of Belgian based information integrator, BA. Presentation about the mobility solution for open source Zarafa mail software, presented at the Zarafa …

Presentation prepared by Jan Guldentops, CEO of Belgian based information integrator, BA. Presentation about the mobility solution for open source Zarafa mail software, presented at the Zarafa Summercamp in Krefeld, Belgium.

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  • 1. The future is mobile ?!? Jan Guldentops j@ba.be www.ba.be
  • 2. Who's BA / Better Access ?  One of the oldest Belgian Linux companies  ° 1996, privately owned by its founders  Strong focus on building solutions / integration / troubleshooting  4 area's  (virtual) infrastructure  Security  “Mac Guyver Projects”  BA Testlabs www.ba.be
  • 3. Strong strategic choices for  Open  Systems  Standards  Source  Partnerships  Red Hat Business Partner / Oracle Partner  Hardware : HP / SUN  Consultancy : BA often works as an OEM  Messaging : Zarafa / RIM www.ba.be
  • 4. Our own solutions  Productised and tuned open source solutions  BA Secure Firewall Platform  BA Secure VPN Gateway  BA Secure Mail Platform  BA Web Application Firewall (WAF)  Custom built solutions for our partners www.ba.be
  • 5. Messaging  BA Secure Mail Platform  Open Source based antispam / antivirus solution  “work-in-progress” - allways being developped  High volume mail servers  Postfix / Ldap / Imap-based  Integrated mail / calender solutions  Teamware  Zarafa www.ba.be
  • 6. Special projects  Mail encryptor  Product developped in 1999 for dicatech  Plug and play mail encryption device  Plug it before your firewall and it encrypts all mail  Zarafa blackberry / BES integration  Adding a new supported platform to RIM www.ba.be
  • 7. But: ease of use  For the enduser in the field  Useless if you need to train them extensively  To enable your current applications  With a minimum of development  To set up the secure datacommunications  Cheaper to use public networks www.ba.be
  • 8. First of all I have a confession to make...  I never liked smartphones / PDA  Why ?  Did the basic phone functionality badly  Yuppies  productivity is inversely proportional to their smartphone  battery  Took me 8 pda's / smartphones before I left old faithfull Nokia behind and went for a Blackberry www.ba.be
  • 9. Divided market  Research-in-motion Blackberries  Apple's Iphone  1000 different windows mobile / CE / pocketpc based systems  Andriod  Symbian – euh – Nokia  Palm, netbooks, others... www.ba.be
  • 10. Problems with smartphones  input / output  battery  connectivity  security  The question how to synchronise  Push / pull  multitude of products www.ba.be
  • 11. Security needs for a mobile platform  No recoverable data on the mobile device  Loss of a pda should not bring data leakage  Preferably a wipe function if the device is stolen / disappears  Strong authentication  Users should authenticate before using the device  Weak: (userid/) password  Strong: token  Secure datacommunication  Using your own private network  Using a sort of vpn over a public network www.ba.be
  • 12. We choose Blackberry  Good phones, that work !  integrated solution end-2-end  Blackberry Enterprise Server (BES)  Excellent security with advanced features  vpn between BB and BES  encrypted BB  Remote wipe  excellent input / output www.ba.be
  • 13. Integrate with zarafa  We use BES and zarafa for their mobile E- mail, calenders, contacts.  This works with a number of caveats :  Some of them are BES problems others are Zarafa problems  Certain calender update features and the sending of attachments  All in all minor problems www.ba.be
  • 14. Obi4mail  We built a solution on this OBI4mail to open up non-supported platforms to BB  We synchronise over open standards with the existing platform to zarafa.  IMAP  Ical  LDAP www.ba.be
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  • 16. Quick application / Intranet rollout (OBI4web)  Forgotten feature of a BES is that you can easily integrate the browser on the BB with internal webapplications  Connect the BES to a proxy  do single signon  do secure communication  rewrite the webapplications on the fly www.ba.be
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  • 18. Quick input applications (OBI4forms)  Simple, easy to create forms on your BB  takes input from the user  takes input from the camera and / or gps  takes input from an EID-reader  collects data and sends them via e-mail in xml, csv or pdf  we collect them and put them in a database  rollout a mobile application in minutes www.ba.be
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  • 20. Questions, remarks, projects? Jan Guldentops ( j@ba.be ) http://www.linkedin.com/in/janguldentops www.ba.be

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