IBM has a new way to share and manage business data
IBM outlined a new middleware software-based model that brings together the
Web-based computing and traditional PC desktop environments. It says the model
offers a single, more flexible and secure way to access, share and manage business
applications and data.
IBM's new server-managed client model enables customers to centrally manage,
provision and immediately deploy key business applications and data to a range
of client devices as neededfrom traditional desktops and laptops to a
range of more limited devices such as shop-floor terminals, PDAs and cell phones.
Using new software component technologies, IBM is combining the low total cost
of ownership and immediate deployment qualities of Web applications with the
rich functionality of traditional PC software. As a result, customers will no
longer have to deal with separate and distinct applications on the Web and their
desktop PCsreceiving the benefits of a single model of client computing.
In addition, IBM's software model enables businesses to manage a wide variety
of client devicesfrom desktops and laptops to PDAs, cell phones and embedded
systemsand extends access to new and existing applications and data to
these devices. As a result, people can use virtually any client device they
chooseacross a wide range of operating systemsto collaborate with
people and access and manage key business information and applications whenever
and wherever they need it. This supports the emerging environment in which people
want to use several different client devices throughout their work daywith
devices in both connected and disconnected modes at any given timeto access
key information, use business applications and collaborate with co-workers,
customers and business partners.
IBM's open middleware is designed to support clients running Windows, Unix,
Linux and operating systems for wireless and embedded devices such as Symbian.
Support for MacOS will be available later this year. In addition, IBM's model
for managing clients is inclusive as it fully supports a wide range of applications
running on "thick" clientssuch as desktops running productivity
applicationsfully protecting customers' investments in these resources.