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HP gives BlackBerry the power of wireless printing

Forms alliance with RIM to provide business applications and services for BlackBerry smartphones

Hewlett-Packard and Research in Motion have formed an alliance that will see the computer giant provide business-related applications and services to BlackBerry smartphones.

The companies hope the solutions, which include support for BlackBerry Enterprise Server 5.0, will improve productivity of mobile employees around the world. For example, a new a web-based solution - HP CloudPrint – will give BlackBerry users the freedom of wirelessly printing emails, documents, photos and web pages from anywhere.

Another solution, HP Operations Manager for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, monitors events from each part of the BlackBerry solution ecosystem to help customers pinpoint potential issues and take remedial actions.

Both CloudPrint and Operations Manager are being demonstrated at the Wireless Enterprise Symposium in Orlando from May 5th to 7th.

“As businesses look for new ways to increase service levels, reduce operational costs and improve productivity, they can meet these challenges by transforming how they manage the infrastructure that powers their mobile workforces,” said Ann Livermore, executive vice president, Technology Solutions Group, HP.

“Emerging models of communications and collaboration have created an opportunity for RIM and HP to provide service-based mobile solutions that deliver value to customers,” she added.