Computer Associates push mobile commerce alliance

IT directors wondering how to cope with the march of mobile commerce will soon have a one-stop-shop solution from Computer...

IT directors wondering how to cope with the march of mobile commerce will soon have a one-stop-shop solution from Computer Associates (CA).

Antony Savvas

CA is using the start of the CeBIT IT show in Hanover today (Thursday 22 March) to unveil a mobile commerce alliance with Nokia, Motorola, Symbol Technologies, ICL, and EDS, aimed at delivering easier corporate solutions.

The solution involves CA's process management software, mobile handsets and WAP gateway products from Nokia and Motorola. It also ties together field-use handsets for the manufacturing environment from Symbol with consultancy and integration services from EDS and ICL.

The CA software being used includes Unicenter for enterprise management, Jasmine II for data processing of production databases such as Oracle, and the Cool-Plex programming template. All these products are already used on purely fixed networks and the idea is to encourage existing and new customers to use their abilities to handle mobile data as well.

When GPRS (general packet radio service) and 3G mobile networks are fully rolled out, companies will want their staff to access corporate data from mobile devices with ease, including data contained in dedicated databases. CA's one-stop-shop is aimed at capitalising on this market.

Jean-Paul Corriveau, CA divisional senior vice-president for business alliances, said of the package: "It says a lot that both Shell and Alcatel will be using our system for their mobile data, illustrating there is a clear need for it, and we have many other companies about to take advantage."

The package will support any mobile operating system including Palm, Microsoft Pocket PC, Symbian's Epoc, and Linux.

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