Looking to help enterprises provide their mobile workers with better access to Web-based applications, services and support, Jamcracker and GRIC Communications Inc.
, will announce next week a strategic alliance to deliver GRIC’s Mobile Office services via the Jamcracker Enterprise portal platform.
GRIC’s Mobile Office provides remote access and device connectivity services, regardless of the bandwidth (e.g., dial-up or Wi-Fi), to any Internet-connected computer. Jamcracker Enterprise portal platform offers a centralized point to access, deliver and manage Web-based applications.
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Cupertino, Calif.-based Jamcracker wll essentially OEM its platform to GRIC, Samir Bodas
vice president, Strategic Alliances, told ASPnews. Milpitas, Calif.-based GRIC will integrate the Jamcracker Enterprise platform with Web-based applications from UpShot (customer relationship management), OpenAir (a time and expense management) and WebEx (Web-based conferencing service) — applications that are already integrated into the GRIC Mobile Office.
GRIC said it plans to integrate many additional Web-related services, taking advantage of the scalability of Jamcracker’s platform. “We can layer on incremental services in less than two weeks,” Bodas said.
The fit between GRIC’s established services and products and Jamcracker’s integration technology was natural, Bodas told ASPnews. “They have a catalog of services and experience selling them. We have the platform to integrate them and provide access management.”
Jamcracker said that as the Web services industry enters its high-growth cycle, its partners such as GRIC will be able to leverage Jamcracker’s technology to achieve the following results:
- Speed time-to-market by minimizing time-to-implementation for Web services.
- Minimize costs associated with new service delivery by implementing services with marginal increases in overhead and little or no capital expenditures for hardware, software or engineering.
- Improve their value proposition to existing customers by adding incremental value to customer solutions and increasing their overall technology ROI.
- Improve the flexibility of solutions and differentiate their value proposition from businesses competing with their core product and service offerings.
“GRIC selected Jamcracker Enterprise in order to allow GRIC customers to rapidly deploy and manage online applications through a single platform,” said Mike Smart, GRIC’s vice president of Product Management and Engineering. “Jamcracker Enterprise enables us to provide an integrated solution to our customers, helping them solve day-to-day business needs because it allows them an extraordinary degree of flexibility in provisioning applications to their workforces.”
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