It was a partnership with a relatively small Australian software company Advansys that allowed the network software leader Novell to greatly enhance the capabilities of Psion handheld computers for Australian users.
Recently, Novell announced that the companies successfully combined the advantages of Novell's GroupWise e-mail and collaboration software with the new Psion Series 5 palmtops in order to provide new connectivity options.
However, Novell admits key new user benefits came from integrating Advansys' LinkWise plug-in for PsiWin synchronisation tool and eSync option with the palmtop.
Gregory Bell, managing director of Advansys, claims it was the company's reputation in customising Novell GroupWise solutions that convinced Novell to take Advansys on board as a partner.
"They approached us because we were already known as a GroupWise development specialist, since we developed the first commercial integration for palmtop and GroupWise for the St George bank," Bell told ARN.
Officials claim the Advansys tools allow users to access schedule information from GroupWise 4.1a or 5.x, as well as to access their e-mails remotely via a POP3 server and to download desktop or laptop data to the Psion by using a hot link cable connection.
"We all have access to information - the problem is being able to bring it together and manage it in a way that is convenient to you," Bell said.
"With LinkWise and eSync you can exchange appointments, tasks, note information and e-mails with your Psion palmtop and Novell GroupWise messaging system. And with remote access capabilities, you can do that on the road - all with a device that fits into your pocket."
Bell revealed the developer's cooperation with Novell will continue beyond the Psion integration.