IBM and Symbol join forces on wireless access

IBM and wireless hardware company Symbol Technologies have teamed up to bring wireless access to enterprise back-end services.

IBM and wireless hardware company Symbol Technologies have teamed up to bring wireless access to enterprise back-end services.

Hubert da Costa, Symbol's European director of global alliances, said network managers benefit because of simplified access to mobility and data capture solutions because, once integrated by IBM, it becomes a "one-stop shop with IBM's global footprint".

IBM will integrate Symbol's entire product line, including its data capture products and deploy them as an element of its service offering, said da Costa.

Symbol will integrate devices with embedded IBM mobile middleware for handheld access to data stored in back-end computer systems. Examples include ruggedised wireless mobile computers running IBM's WebSphere micro edition and IBM's Java-based device infrastructure for extending e-business applications, using the messaging capabilities of MQ Everyplace to provide users with access to enterprise applications from Siebel Systems, SAP, JD Edwards or PeopleSoft, as well as IBM DB2e databases.

Da Costa expected customers to come largely from retail and transport/logistics, along with those wanting to wireless-enable mobile workers. Applications include helping retailers track inventory and customer orders from the factory to the cash register more efficiently.

Symbol and IBM are offering "a shared vision of the mobile enterprise workplace, at the core of which are combined end-to-end solutions based on IBM middleware that can provide business benefits", said Da Costa. These include enhanced efficiencies, accuracy and customer service to add competitive advantage throughout the supply chain, helping enterprises "to extend their e-business infrastructures".

The UK forms one-third of Symbol's European revenues.

Manek Dubash writes for

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