IBM hits the road with new mobile database

IBM today unveiled DB2 Everyplace 8, a new mobile database for the Middle East market, targeting mobile workers with handheld devices and need real-time access to the corporate database.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  December 10, 2003

IBM today announced the introduction of DB2 Everyplace 8, a new software suite, for the Middle East market. Targeted at remote and mobile workers with smart phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and laptops, who need real-time access to the corporate database.

Built on IBM's DB2 database and Websphere application server, Everyplace technology is a part of IBM's pervasive computing strategy, making it easier for customers to connect any type of device to any type of network to access any type of data.

"Mobility is fast becoming a critical advantage to businesses in the Middle East today and we need to focus on enhancing that transition," says Bashar Kilani, IBM's software group manager for Middle East, north and west Africa.

According to IBM, the software is fully automated, requiring no administration by the end user, with single control access and data synchronising capabilities with competing offerings from Oracle and Microsoft's databases, running on all major mobile platforms like Windows CE, Palm, Symbian and Linux.

"Businesses today are looking to extend company information into the hands of an increasingly mobile workforce, and industry experts indicate the number of mobile professionals and mobile data collectors will reach nearly 50 million worldwide by 2005. This trend is reflected here in the Middle East with events such as Dubai's PDA Summit, showing strong interest in mobile information solutions," adds Kilani.

New features include improved application synchronisation to mobile devices; providing a real-time, virtual view of their business applications including email, instant messaging and enterprise applications.

DB2 Everyplace comes with a free Mobile Application Builder (MAB) and new components for the Websphere Studio for developing applications for handheld devices.

IBM is also offering DB2 Everyplace Express a toned down version for small and medium-sized businesses, priced at Dhs 1390 per server (up to two processors) and Dhs 290 per user.

DB2 Everyplace version 8 and DB2 Everyplace Express are currently available in the Middle East from IBM direct sales and authorised resellers.

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