Oracle used its Open World Conference in San Francisco last week to announce the wireless edition of its Oracle 9i application server, writes Mike Simons.
Portal to Go has been bundled into its application server to produce a product it hopes to ship by December.
Targeted at telecoms carriers, consumer portals, application service providers and corporations, the 9i wireless edition can wireless-enable almost any source, be it a Web site, database, or application. It also supports location-based services.
David Bishop, director of wireless/mobile services at analysts Yankee Group, said, "The convergence of Internet and wireless communications will result in millions of people accessing the Internet through wireless devices. The leaders of this market will produce reliable, scalable software along with features that make it easy for their customers to go from Web to wireless."
Oracle says it can deliver legacy data, from systems such as IBM mainframe databases, via wireless. "Oracle 9i application server users will gain an advantage over IBM's wireless middleware, which provides only simple conversions of HTML Web content to wireless format," it said.
Oracle announced beta testing of its XML-based Oracle Mobile Online Studio, an online product for building, testing and deploying hosted online wireless applications.
More than 35 European firms bought Oracle wireless technology in the last year and 30 deals have been signed around the world.