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AvantGo keeps employees moving

AvantGo keeps employees moving

Standing tall among the application server solutions to synchronise enterprise data with mobile devices is AvantGo's M-Business Server 4.0, which securely delivers enterprise Web applications via wireless networks.

M-Business Server functions in a very convenient offline mode and operates with familiar technologies such as HTML, JavaScript and Active Server Pages. AvantGo delivers channels, Web sites and applications to remote devices. It does so using an array of protocols, including GSM (global system for mobile) communications, CDMA (code division multiple access) and 802.11b wireless LANs. Bluetooth and 3G (third generation) are also under consideration. Version 4.0 also connects mobile employees to Lotus Development Notes and Microsoft Exchange 5.5 or 2000 servers.

We installed our AvantGo server and client software in about 30 minutes.

AvantGo's mobile engines for Microsoft Exchange and Lotus Notes also give field workers access to e-mail. We tested M-Business Server with our Exchange 5.5 system and it consistently and reliably presented e-mail messages and calendars on our Palm devices.

The one thing we found lacking was a solid system for managing mobile hardware, including a way to record which applications reside on which handhelds.

The bottom line - AvantGo M-Business Server 4.0Business Case: This server allows mobile workforces to access legacy systems, Lotus Notes databases and Microsoft Exchange servers via wireless channels..

Technology Case: AvantGo enables developers to write single versions of Web-based applications for deployment on Research in Motion BlackBerry e-mail pagers, Palm OS devices, Windows CE units and Pocket PCs.

Pros:

+ Robust wireless performance.

+ Easy access to legacy applications.

+ Self-registration.

+ End-user account management.

Cons:

- No remote management of devices.

Platforms: Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Linux Kernel 2.2, Solaris 2.6 or 2.7.

Price: In Australia a single rollout requires a minimum of 25 users, and will be priced from $11,750 plus 15 per cent annual maintenance cost.

The AvantGo M-Business Server 4.0 is licensed through Feedom Technologies.

Contact: Dane Knudson - (02) 9386 1777, www.avantgo.com.


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