IT managers often critique handheld and palmtop devices fortwo failings: They fall short when it comes to accessing
data on business networks and the Web, and they're hard to
manage. Synchronization vendor Riverbed Technologies Inc.
hopes to change that by forming alliances with database,
systems management, and Web connectivity vendors, including
Computer Associates, Oracle, and Spyglass.
Riverbed's ScoutSync software lets Palm OS and Windows CE
devices securely synchronize data with database and
application servers, but users must configure this
capability for each program. Oracle this week will make
synchronization easier for Palm users. It will include
ScoutSync within its Oracle Field Sales/Palm CRM module to
enable ready-to-run communications with Oracle databases.
Riverbed CEO Wayne Jackson says the company wants to "make
these small devices as effective and implementable as PCs."
Internet connectivity has been problematic, however; most
Web pages aren't formatted for small screens and slow
bandwidth connections. This week, Riverbed will license
Spyglass' Prism technology, which converts Internet content
into formats small devices can load more quickly. It will
use Prism in ScoutWeb, due this fall and expected to start
Additionally, Riverbed will integrate its ScoutIT network-
management software with the software-delivery and asset-
management modules of CA's Unicenter TNG. Synchrologic Inc.,
meanwhile, says its iMobile Suite for data synchronization,
file sharing, and application distribution is due for the
Palm OS in September, and CE devices by year's end.
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