USA.NET deploys abrideanProvisor to manage thousands of Hosted BlackBerry users

    Abridean's partnership with RIM gives service provider the provisioning

    HALIFAX, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Abridean Inc. (, leaders in the
development of hosted application and provisioning solutions, announced today
that top-rated USA.NET(R), The Global eMessaging Service Provider(R) has
deployed abridean's Provisor for BlackBerry(R) Enterprise Server solution to
manage thousands of USA.NET Hosted BlackBerry users.
    AbrideanProvisor is an application provisioning and management platform
that enables service providers like USA.NET to automate and simplify the
maintenance of hosted enterprise applications. USA.NET has been using
ProvisorSP for their Hosted Exchange services since 2001.
    "Our service providers have been seeing a steady increase in demand for
both Hosted Microsoft(R) Exchange and BlackBerry services - USA.NET's success
is well deserved," said Peter Bidgood, Product Manager with abridean.
    "Our partnership with Research In Motion further highlights abridean's
commitment to developing innovative solutions for enterprises and hosted
service providers that help them boost efficiency, improve security, and meet
regulatory compliance standards."
    Abridean has been a member of the BlackBerry Alliance Program since 2004.


    "Customer demand and our success with Hosted BlackBerry prompted us to
make our provisioning process even more efficient," said Steve O'Brien,
USA.NET Senior Director of Services Development. "With abrideanProvisor we can
now manage BlackBerry smartphones using the same web interface that our
service desk and customer administrators use for provisioning their Hosted
Exchange accounts."
    "This is significant for us and for abridean because of the ever-wider
use of BlackBerry devices for mission critical functions that can benefit from
hosted services."


    Analysts have attributed the rapid move by many industries to Hosted
Exchange and BlackBerry services such as those provided by USA.NET to:

    - A very high level of reliability (for example, guaranteed 99.9 percent
      reliability with USA.NET)

    - The ability to work anywhere in real time with BlackBerry Enterprise

    - Instant access to an employee's Exchange information from a smartphone
      without ever connecting to a PC

    - Increased responsiveness to customers and colleagues with a gain of up
      to 60 minutes of productive time each day

    - High touch service and certified specialists giving continuous support
      24x7x365 including customer support, USA.NET manned NOC and Exchange

    - Software upgrades and patches included in a hosting contract

    An increasing number of companies have found that this crucial
combination of hosted email and BlackBerry services permits much greater
concentration on their core business, while cutting down on the time and
resources required to run an email system and give remote and mobile employees
better communication capabilities.

    About USA.NET, Inc.

    Cited as the Top Player in the Hosted Email Market for 2006 by The
Radicati Group, Inc., USA.NET, The Global eMessaging Service Provider(R), is
the only hosting provider that is SAS 70 Type II Audited, Microsoft Gold
Certified, a member of the Microsoft Technology Adoption Program for Exchange
2007, and winner of the 2006 Microsoft Excellence Award for Exchange Hosting
Solutions. USA.NET eMessaging solutions are modular and infinitely scalable to
ensure customers can grow their business without having to invest additional
resources, time or capital into their mission-critical messaging
infrastructure. More information can be found at or by calling 

    About abridean Inc.

    Abridean Inc. has developed the leading application provisioning and
management platform, abrideanProvisor. Provisor simplifies and automates
application provisioning and management for the Service Providers. It allows
them to drive to tremendous operational efficiencies through reduced costs,
increased revenue and rapid delivery of services to customers. Provisor is an
XML-based platform that can be easily integrated with other infrastructure
software allowing the Service Provider to get to market faster and easier with
a complete solution to meet their customer needs. Provisor can also be easily
and rapidly customized to meet specific requirements within the SP data center
    Abridean's customers span multiple industries including financial
services, hospitality and service providers, including USA.NET, COLT Telecom
and others. For more information, visit or call 

For further information:

For further information: Peter Bidgood, (902) 442-5122,

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