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Why Attend WES 2008? Here’s What Your Peers Said!

Why Attend WES 2008WES 2008 is May 13-15 in Orlando Florida

The countdown to the Wireless Enterprise Symposium (WES) 2008 is on and already there’s a buzz among IT professionals. We asked BlackBerry Connection® readers to tell us what they’re most looking forward to at WES 2008, and the answers covered the gambit from visiting the Solutions Showcase to seeing the new BlackBerry® roadmap session, to participating in the always popular and abundant networking opportunities.

Last month we asked the question "What would you hope to achieve at WES 2008?" and here are the top responses:

Top Reasons to Attend WES 2008 –
As Voted by IT Professionals Like You!

# 1. Hear from BlackBerry experts
# 2. Learn about new products coming from RIM
# 3. See what is new in the wireless industry
# 4. Learn best practices to better administer my BlackBerry deployment
# 5. Meet with vendors in the Solutions Showcase
# 6. Network with my peers

Here’s what your peers told us they’re specifically looking forward to…

Question: "What are you looking forward to seeing at WES 2008?"

Answer: "Everything! How to troubleshoot quicker, install the latest OS and Handheld software quicker, and meet others like me."

Answer; "Network with vendors and my own customers, and a technical deep-dive into BlackBerry® Enterprise Server operations and architecture."

Answer: "Future roadmap for RIM."

Answer: "Working on creating a wireless roadmap for our firm.  This would include where wireless is going in the future, back office applications to devices, security and compliance."

Answer: "Would like to see highly technical dig deep presentations."

What to Expect at WES 2008

What’s in store for you at WES 2008? Here’s a sneak peak at a few breakout sessions that have just been confirmed:

Getting to Know the BlackBerry Smartphone: Shortcuts, Tips and Tricks
This session is ideal for IT managers who handle end user training or just want to save time when using BlackBerry smartphones. You’ll learn basic navigation techniques, hot keys, and great tips and tricks, such as how to manage battery life. You’ll come away with a better understanding of BlackBerry smartphones and software and you’ll be able to help user communities do more with their devices in future training sessions.

The Pain-free Way to Manage Software Device Upgrades on BlackBerry Smartphones
Learn about new ways the BlackBerry Enterprise Server can simplify the device upgrade process, without needing to synchronize with cables. Discover tools that can be used to better control and manage wireless upgrades for BlackBerry smartphones, setting policies for mandatory upgrades, handling roaming and monitoring reports. You’ll feel comfortable with the concept of wireless upgrades, and be ready to minimize the risk and improve the user experience for upgrades at your organization.

Towards an Ideal BlackBerry Solution Architecture
This session reviews the components and requirements of the BlackBerry solution, offers best practices for architecting your environment and gives you an overview of common deployment scenarios. Attend to understand the factors that affect scalability, manageability and lower Total Cost of Ownership. You’ll come away well equipped to make decisions about building the ideal BlackBerry solution for your organization’s needs, and learn how to access resources for help along the way.

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