Our setup just forwards.. there is no further integration..
t's not that they don't want the integration I have offered them other options, they are just too damn cheap to even look at the other options.
An alternative to MS Exchange + BES is Zimbra(Standard or Professional)+ BES The Zimbra Option is a lot cheaper than exchange and has a lot of functionality.
pricing (I just wish they had a perpetual licensing option.. )
Zimbra Mobile(Still requires a BES server)
Zimbra Mobile is an additional license option for either ZCS Standard or Network Edition users. It has an annual license fee starting at $500 if you have 25 or 50 mailboxes and is $1000 for 75 or more mailboxes.
Please note: additional third party software / licenses may be required depending on the devices that you plan on supporting.
Or you can forgo the BES integration and have them access mail using the web browser on their mobile device..
Both Zimbra Collaboration Suite 5.0 Open Source and Network Edition users can access their email, contacts, and calendar using our Zimbra Mobile Web Client. This provides on-the-go access to the Zimbra experience to virtually all end-users.
All that is required is an HTML capable web browser that can be pointed at your Zimbra Server URL (e.g. http://servername.com/zimbra/m/). No additional license is required and it can be used for free.
In which case you can use the FREE Open Source Edition of ZCS..
On the up side you can download and install this on a box and have them test it live...
and by too cheap I mean our execs aren't currently willing to pay for a server to install the OSS version of ZCS on... I can hardly wait for February, when the funds start flowing again..