An alternative to Research in Motion's enterprise e-mail? There's an app for that

Hardly a day goes by when our inboxes and feeds aren't flooded with messages from companies announcing that they have created a new iPhone application. They range from the disappointingly simple to the disconcertingly arcane, but as a whole skew more toward the consumer. So when a significant player in enterprise services releases an iPhone app, it's worth looking into...especially when it's from an "underdog" company trying to challenge a market leader.

Good Technology, a long-running provider of mobile e-mail solutions, today debuted its Good for Enterprise iPhone app, which provides secure access to corporate e-mail, calendars and contacts with companies using the Good for Enterprise mobile e-mail solution.

This means Good's e-mail service -- by many accounts, the strongest competitor to BlackBerry -- is now available on nearly all of the most popular handset operating systems: iPhone, Android, Windows Mobile, Symbian S60, PalmOS.

Good Technology has been competing as the "little guy" in corporate mobile e-mail for several years, offering an alternative to powerhouse Research In Motion. It's even commenced litigation against both Research in Motion and Microsoft concerning its remote e-mail patents.

But now that Good for Enterprise is on the iPhone, the company can present a much stronger threat to Research In Motion's enterprise e-mail dominance.

"The iPhone is far and away the most requested device for accessing corporate networks," Good Technology's chief marketing officer John Herrema said in a statement this morning. In the company's survey of 500 IT departments in the US and UK, it found that nearly 82% of respondents wanted to hook their iPhone into their work accounts.

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