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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

Mobile Middleware For The Enterprise

Mobile middleware provides the "black box" technology connecting mobile devices on the front lines of the enterprise to the back-end applications running on corporate servers located behind the firewall. Mobile middleware allows mobile devices with different capabilities to communicate with the complex programs that reside on the enterprise server, regardless of compatibility issues that might otherwise thwart a direct connection between the two. These compatibility issues include differences between operating systems and applications, or even the memory and processor characteristics of the accessing devices. Mobile middleware market includes a broad range of different application types, from customer-relationship management (CRM), field sales and service to asset management and tracking, To date,CRM covers a big part of the mobile-middleware market by leveraging customer information or helping field workers get the information they need.
Beyond customer-service applications for mobile workers, there is mobile-workforce management, a set of middleware applications designed to track time and travel expenses.There is a growing number of mobile security applications, the foremost being centrally controlled mobile-device lockdown, encryption and authentication. Avantgo has come out with a mechanism to leverage infrastructure to do paperwork-replacement applications. With almost countless offerings in the mobile-middleware market, enterprise customers looking to enhance the capabilities of their traveling workers have plenty of good options to consider today. As the technology matures and major industry players push toward better standardization and interoperability, these options will only get better. The challenges in mobile integration are going to be lot more with lot more.

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