Sun Tabs Aligo for Sun ONE Products

Sun Microsystems
Wednesday tabbed Aligo, which makes
software to power mobile applications, to provide mobile infrastructure software for upcoming Sun ONE products.


Sun plans to add Aligo’s M-1 Mobile Application Server technology to make Sun ONE’s products better
for its customers, who will be able to access applications, data and content
from any mobile device and on any network. Aligo said the deal spans three years and is worth a few million dollars through a combination of initial and recurring payments.


Most popular in Japan, where
wireless systems are more developed than in the U.S., San Francisco-based
Aligo’s M-1 Mobile Application Server is a mobile business platform geared
to provide cost savings and good return on investment for customers.


In their current incarnations, Sun ONE software products allow service
providers or enterprises to access data, such as sales force automation and
enterprise resource planning (ERP), from different back-end systems using
Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE).


With Aligo’s application server,
Sun feels applications such as mobile field service, field sales and
groupware will be easier and faster in the making. This is crucial for a
major systems vendor like Sun, who is banking on its platform amid competing
initiatives, such as IBM’s
on-demand computing
strategy.


Aligo’s infrastructure supports most types of mobile gadgets, including
Internet-enabled mobile phones, Palm and Pocket PC devices, RIM Blackberry
devices and laptops.


Because Sun is relying on its Sun ONE strategy to garner market share in a
competitive environment, it said it carefully chose Aligo from among 40
vendors to give it what it thought would be the best chance to succeed.


“Aligo’s dynamic rendering capability enables rapid development and
deployment of mobile applications and provides an excellent complement to
Sun ONE solutions,” said John Fanelli, director of business management and
product marketing for Sun Microsystems.


Robert Smith, president and CEO of Aligo, said he expects Sun ONE products
will create a solid base of customers for his firm’s field service, field
sales, and mobile groupware applications as well as its applications.


With this technology licensing agreement, for which financial terms were not
disclosed, Sun ONE software featuring Aligo technology will be released in
2003.

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