Tools & Technologies

Mobility Report, Jul 3

Good for Domino
Good Technology unveiled a version of its wireless email solution for corporates running Lotus Domino Server. Offers continuous two-way push-based wireless sync of email, calendar, contacts, journals and to-dos, and supports a variety of mobile devices (Pocket PC, Palm and Symbian).

Available immediately. Two of the first customers of the joint solution are BIOTRONIK (a medical device manufacturer) and the City of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency.

Good separately noted that yet another BlackBerry customer has switched to its solution; this time BancTec Service Europe, a IT support services company.

Source: Good Technology
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Business Mobility Whitepaper from Nokia
Nokia released a white paper entitled “A Holistic Approach to Business Mobility”.

Mobility is much more than technology. It makes business better and gives employees the freedom to collaborate and transact business outside traditional workplaces and times. To successfully embed mobility into your business you must first understand how people, processes and technology interact to get work done. This means learning more about your work force, including daily routines, work styles, typical work environments, information access needs, productivity barriers, and device constraints.

Research for the white paper was conducted within Nokia, with a world wide analysis of the impacts of mobility on Nokia people.

Source: Bitpipe
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ISODE on LEMONADE Profile for Mobile Email
ISODE released a white paper on LEMONADE, an IETF standard for mobile messaging.

The LEMONADE (License to Enhanced Mobile Oriented And Diverse Endpoints) working group was set up to extend the core Internet messaging standards … to support mobile devices and communications over “bandwidth and latency challenged networks”. LEMONADE has active participation from a wide range of companies, including: Cantata; Cingular, Comverse, Isode, Lucent, Nokia, Nortel, Oracle, Qualcomm, Sprint and Sun.

Although the core IMAP and SMTP standards can work well for mobile messaging, a number of improvements are possible. These have resulted in a number of new RFCs as output of the work of the LEMONADE working group to meet its technical objectives.

Source: ISODE
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Reality Check on Mobility in the Enterprise
Dan has a nice take on the enterprise agenda for mobility, based on discussions at a recent mobility conference:

The more you listen, the more you find that their priorities are very different than you may think. IT departments don’t care about the latest, greatest technologies. They care about being able to deploy a solution to hundreds or thousands of workers. They care about being able to support those workers and to provide good customer service when things break. To accomplish this, they keep things simple, define a clear set of policies and keep the number of devices and software loads to a minimum.

Source: MEA Blog
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Sybase Wireless Strategy
Sybase released the Sybase Information Anywhere Suite, a platform for mobility solutions in the enterprise, combining mobile email, device management, access security and enterprise application enablement.

Information Anywhere Suite supports a broad range of devices, connectivity modes and information sources, and its unique Always Available architecture enables frontline workers to access email, data and enterprise systems and applications anytime, anywhere, from any device — with or without a “live” connection to the corporate network. Unlike alternatives from other vendors, the elements of the suite uniquely share a common technology infrastructure requiring fewer resources from the communications network. Information Anywhere Suite is built on market-leading Sybase iAnywhere® mobile technology relied on by thousands of organizations worldwide.

Available 3Q2006. Dan has three questions.

Source: Sybase
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SearchMobileComputing on Windows Mobile
Andrew at SearchMobileComputing continues with Part 2 in his series on device platforms for enterprise mobility, with this installment focused on Windows Mobile. Good points: it’s made by Microsoft which makes it a natural consideration for Windows shops, active synchronization with Exchange, and support for third-party applications is good. Bad points: it is complex (Microsoft hasn’t made it easy to pick up a device and figure it out), it is hard to close applications, and the hardware/software integration is poor at times.

Source: SearchMobileComputing
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