IBM boosts support of wireless devices

IBM has unveiled a package of software and services that will support the use of wireless mobile devices to keep employees...

IBM has unveiled a package of software and services that will support the use of wireless mobile devices to keep employees connected to corporate networks.

The Mobile Office Entry Jumpstart solution (MOEJ), is aimed at companies wanting to get started with mobile computing.

For $100,000 (£62,265), companies will get latest versions of IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Access and Everyplace Connection Manager software, as well as 50 Tungsten PDAs from Palm and cards that enable the devices to connect to wireless networks.

For small and medium-sized businesses, packages containing fewer clients are also available, though no pricing information is available.

IBM WebSphere Everyplace Access is a middleware product that allows mobile devices to access enterprise applications such as back-end databases, instant messaging servers and productivity applications.

An Intelligent Notification Services feature has been added to the Access product, which can forward information from e-mail, supply chain or other legacy systems to a preferred mobile device, IBM said.

IBM WebSphere Everyplace Connection Manager is software that manages high speed wireless connections as users roam between private WLans, public wireless hot spots and traditional wireline networks.

Tungsten devices will run client versions of both WebSphere applications.

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