UK mobility specialist Jade has introduced a platform for mobilising back-office applications to almost any client device, including wireless PDAs, Windows laptops and smartphones.
The platform can also be used right out of the box with a number of pre-configured workflows for customers wanting to get up and running quickly.
Available immediately, the Jade Unified Mobility Platform (Jump) acts as a middleware layer between enterprise systems such as Oracle, SAP, Microsoft SQL Server or IBM's Maximo, and client devices out in the field. The platform is based on underlying technology developed by @Hand in the US.
Unlike some rival mobility platforms, Jump provides an ecosystem that can theoretically connect any back-end system to any endpoint platform, according to Jade, allowing customers to operate a mix of clients or switch from PDAs to ruggedised laptops if they wish.
"Plenty of mobile solutions allow for different endpoint devices, but the same workflow will operate on all devices with Jump," said Jade managing director Mark Brackley.
However, the platform depends on a native client agent for each endpoint platform, and only Windows laptops and Windows Mobile PDAs currently support the full application functionality. Windows Mobile and BlackBerry smartphones can be used by managers only for processes such as authorising actions and assigning tasks.
Jade said that clients are under development for Apple's iPhone and Google's Android phones.
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