PeopleSoft to launch mobile synchronization

PeopleSoft has announced a deal with Intellisync to use its data synchronisation technology, Intellisync Mobile Suite, to enable its enterprise users deployed on PeopleSoft's Enterprise and EnterpriseOne product suites to wirelessly update data and work offline while disconnected from the corporate server.

The Data Sync engine will synchronise with CRM, SCM, HCM, (human capital management), and financial management applications wirelessly without user intervention.

"A user would access the application just as they do today without worrying about whether the data was synched with the server or not because it would be handled automatically for them behind the scenes, whether the application is open or not," said product strategy director at PeopleSoft, Tom Schmidt.

Following synchronisation a user could work in the application while disconnected from the network only to resynchronize once a wireless or wired connection became available.

Prior to the agreement with Intellisync, PeopleSoft offered its own mobile synchronisation solution for remote workers, but it was lightweight and required user initiation, senior product manager of mobile tools infrastructure group at PeopleSoft, Benjamin Wesson, said.

"The Intellisync solution offers the full suite of functionality experience on the connected client," Wesson said.

Principal at MobileTrax, Gerry Purdy, said the days of the major enterprise software vendors trying to build their own mobile platform were numbered because the mobile market was expanding far beyond their capability.

"These vendors need to partner with people who have the more robust engineering solutions that fit with thousands of devices and work throughout the entire infrastructure," Purdy said.

The Intellisync system also monitors bandwidth to prevent updates if access is too slow or to allocate a chunk of bandwidth for an update.

While Intellisync's Data Sync engine is available for handheld as well as portable devices, the PeopleSoft mobile application solution is at present available only on notebooks and tablets.

"We are in the process of building out our handheld application," Wesson said.

PeopleSoft has not yet announced availability.