Oracle has unveiled Database Lite 10g, a database designed for mobile use on laptops and PDAs.
Jacob Christfort, Oracle chief technical officer and vice-president of mobile and wireless products, said, "Companies are constantly looking for new ways of gaining competitive advantage and reducing costs by streamlining their business processes.
"Making information available directly and in real-time to employees on the frontline - serving or selling to customers - is an increasingly critical step to gaining such efficiencies.
Oracle Database Lite 10g is targeted at helping our customers to achieve just that, and, more specifically, offers advances in terms of scalability, reliability, and security consistent with the overall Oracle 10g technology stack."
Oracle said the database builds on the company’s server grid computing initiative by providing users share changes to synchronise mobile data it with a back-end server.
Jack Gold, an analyst at Meta Group, said, "As mobile devices change from purely personal devices to capable business tools, organisations must deploy applications built on a flexible business-class platform capable of supporting current user needs, while allowing future enhancements and connectivity for a variety of business requirements."
The new database can run on any wireless network and is centrally managed from a central database console.
Oracle Database Lite 10g supports Windows, Unix and Linux platforms, and costs £58 per named user.