Synchrologic provides mobile computing management platform
by Jeff Vance
With a great deal of fanfare, Synchrologic recently released ReadySyncGo!, a Web-based service that synchronizes PIM information to mobile devices. Of more interest to businesses looking for a mobile presence, however, is the company's iMobile Suite, a platform for synchronizing business data and managing mobile devices.
iMobile Suite offers a secure, reliable, server-based infrastructure for deploying data to a broad variety of mobile devices via wireless or wireline networks. Currently supporting Windows-based laptops, Windows CE handhelds, and PalmOS devices, the iMobile Suite product allows business professionals to sync their email and personal information management (PIM) data - including address book, calendar, memos, and to-do lists - between their mobile devices and their company's Microsoft Exchange or Lotus Notes servers. iMobile Suite's back-end server manages the flow of specific types of content - data, files, email, software, etc. - to and from occasionally connected mobile and wireless devices. The server behavior is controlled through a Microsoft Management Console plug-in.
Beyond synchronization, Synchrologic also contends that iMobile is an infrastructure solution for managing enterprise mobile computing deployments. By deploying a single solution, enterprise IT organizations are able to lower support costs, quickly move to increase service to end users, and reduce administrative burdens. According to Synchrologic, unlike other Exchange and Notes sync solutions, iMobile Suite allows system administrators to set default configurations for synchronization behavior and maintain granular control over how users can change these defaults for their sessions. Additional administrative capabilities include extensive logging and troubleshooting tools, as well as installation and configuration wizards. User access is simplified with LDAP integration and direct NT authentication.
"Our vision is to allow companies to put in place a single layer of software infrastructure to support all their mobile computing needs," said Bill Jones, VP of Product Management and Marketing. "With the addition of Exchange and Notes support to our existing capabilities, we are the first to deliver on that vision for the Palm platform." While focusing initially on Palm and Windows OSs, Synchrologic plans to add support for EPOC smartphones and Blackberry wireless email devices.
Current customers for this solution include Nintendo, Maersk, Hertz, and Cisco. Cisco selected iMobile to help its sales force move contact-management data between PDA devices and the sales database. Explaining why the company chose Synchrologic, Cisco's Manger of Sales IT, Ed Hoy, said, "Having an application and database-independent, scalable solution was important to us. We saw the value in making customer contact data accessible through a PDA device. iMobile Data Synchronization has met the challenge."
Jeff Vance is the editor of Embedded Internet Times and E-Infrastructure Times, industry newsletters that cover early stage startups and emerging trends. He also writes a monthly column about the mobile Internet for devicetop.com.
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Data Management for Mobile Computing
Author : Evaggelia Pitoura and George Samaras
Publisher : Kluwer Academic Publishing
ISBN/CODE : 0792380533
Cover Type : Hard Cover
Pages : 168
Published : Nov 1997
Universal access and management of information has been one of the driving forces in the evolution of computer technology. Central computing gave the ability to perform large and complex computations and advanced information manipulation. Advances in networking connected computers together and led to distributed computing. Web technology and the Internet went even further to provide hyper-linked information access and global computing. However, restricting access stations to physical locations limits the boundary of the vision. The real global network can be achieved only via the ability to compute and access information from anywhere and anytime. This is the fundamental wish that motivates mobile computing.