Sybase is making it easier for firms to integrate mobile devices into their corporate networks with the introduction of a wireless server to allow internal applications, such as Sybase databases, to be accessed from outside the company firewall, writes Antony Savvas.
The integration of mobile devices and corporate networks is something all the main database software companies are working on, but Sybase claimed to be the first to market when Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere Solutions launched the Wireless Server at last week's Sybase user conference in Orlando.
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The Wireless Server is designed to open all applications, including ERP, human resources and sales databases, to mobile workers via a single network point.
The product is initially aimed at the banking industry, and offers standard 128-bit encryption. Terry Stepien, iAnywhere Solutions' president, said Sybase aims to deliver to a mobile device everything users could currently get from home banking on a fixed-line PC.
Sybase is already working with Ericsson to configure a server for linking Wap-based Ericsson phones and PDAs. The company also claims to be in negotiations with the other main mobile suppliers.
One of the first clients to sign up could be Citibank, which praised the Ericsson tie-in. Stepien said Sybase was talking to existing high-profile Sybase users such as NatWest Bank and Rolls Royce, about adopting the system.