IBM has backed Sony Ericsson’s introduction of the P900 smartphone with a set of software offerings including a virtual private network (VPN) feature and an easier way to set up access to enterprise applications.
Mobile employees would be able to connect securely to applications over an intranet or the Internet using the VPN capability, director of strategy and marketing for the Pervasive Computing Division of IBM, Letina Connelly, said.
The basic applications IBM is making available on the phone are email and personal information manager (PIM) functions. Its WebSphere Everyplace Access middleware, which includes server-based and client elements, supports Microsoft Outlook and IBM Lotus Notes for email and PIM.
For instant messaging, it will initially support only Lotus Notes Instant Messaging.
WebSphere Everyplace Access also would make it easier for IT departments to get employees going with other enterprise applications on the P900, Connelly said. Those might include inventory, order tracking and enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications from IBM or other vendors.