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IM Included in New IBM Mobile Software

As workforces become more mobile, IBM Corp. is looking to capture that market with the roll-out of WebSphere Everyplace Access (WEA), which allows enterprises to deploy applications to multiple devices from a single platform.

Building on Big Blue's pervasive computing initiative and the WebSphere platform, WEA offers a core set of capabilities -- including synchronization technologies -- that address a wide range of connectivity modes (including disconnected, always-on and intermittently connected devices).

Without having to rip-and-replace their IT infrastructures, enterprises can use WEA to provide employees with tethered and untethered access to e-mail, personal information management applications, CRM, sales force automation and supply chain applications.

WebSphere Everyplace Access also includes Content Delivery, which expands the sources and methods for delivering content across a variety of devices, such as Instant Messaging, Intelligent Notification, and privacy-based access to location information.

"The major benefit here is that WEA can enable IM across multiple types of devices," an IBM spokesperson said. WEA is designed to handle any device -- including PDAs, mobile phones and other appliances -- and any network, from CDMA-based digital cellular networks to 80211-based wireless local area networks.

The new software leverages the rest of the WebSphere suite, including WebSphere Application Server, WebSphere Portal, DB2, Lotus and Tivoli. WEA also provides the core services necessary to build, deploy, manage and extend existing e-business and core line-of-business applications to mobile devices. The tools component of the software -- Everyplace Tools -- is built on IBM's WebSphere Studio Workbench, and consists of a set of tools for expanding existing applications for WEA and developing new applications. It provides a common programming model and features that enable ISVs and developers to deliver integrated solutions.

Content from Thor Olavsrud, an associate editor at InternetNews.com, contributed to this article. Bob Woods is the managing editor of InstantMessagingPlanet.