Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise

Some good folks from Google are on hand at the Solution Showcase at WES 2009 to show off their latest offerings for BlackBerry enterprise... Announced Tuesday, Google is now offering enterprise installation packages for Google Mobile app and Google Maps for mobile. Sweet!

And actually announced on Monday, Google introduced its new Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which puts Google services directly into your native BlackBerry apps (email, contacts, calendar). From the Google Mobile blog:

If your employer has provided you with a BlackBerry smartphone, you may be accustomed to its built-in email, calendar, and address book applications. The Google Apps Enterprise team has just announced that we will soon release Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which enables you to use these familiar applications with Google Apps.

Google Apps is our hosted solution for enterprise messaging and collaboration. It includes Gmail, Google Calendar, and more. Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server connects your BlackBerry Enterprise Server directly to the Google cloud, and creates a seamless experience between Google Apps and the built-in BlackBerry smartphone applications for mail, calendar, and address book... If you're an IT administrator interested in Google Apps, you should know that Google Apps Connector for BlackBerry Enterprise Server is currently in beta testing with select companies and universities. We are targeting a July 2009 release for Google Apps Premier and Education Edition customers, at no additional cost.

Our pal Al over at CIO.com gets into some good detail on the Google Apps Connector, so be sure to click over for more details. And after personally spending some timing running it, I think it's safe to say if your organization uses Gmail and has BlackBerry smartphones deployed this is something you're going to want to check out. There's still some work to be done - calendar entries made on the device don't sync back to the cloud yet (but do from Google Calendar to device) and the syncing time could be a little quicker for Contacts and Calendar (email is pretty quick), but all in all it's an awesome new offering from Google.