iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc., has announced the availability of the latest release of its M-Business Anywhere platform.
The solution provides developers with a platform for delivering Web-based content and applications to mobile devices rapidly and cost-effectively for online and disconnected use. M-Business Anywhere 6.0 new features include Web Services integration support, Asian localization as well as improvements in management, performance and security.
M-Business Anywhere now supports double-byte content and applications and has localized clients for Japanese, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Supported device platforms are Windows XP and Windows Mobile 2003. M-Business Anywhere currently has existing localized clients for English, French, Italian, Spanish and German.
With M-Business Anywhere’s new SOAP API, third party software developers can embed M-Business Anywhere in their solution and offer mobile extensions to their applications to the market. This Web Services integration allows companies to re-brand the M-Business Anywhere management console, or build their own management console, creating completely customized interfaces. The SOAP API also gives the ability to use a single management console to manage mobile and desktop applications.
Client can now be upgraded automatically by administrators, a key feature for managing large deployments and distributed environments. This allows administrators to specify different upgrade rules for different platforms and connection types. Administrators also have the option to force upgrades or allow users to defer until a later sync.
Three server caching options allow IT managers to optimize caching for various platforms, application profiles and content types. This feature improves the number of simultaneous syncs that a given server can support and improves overall sync times for end-users.
Also new, is the ability for XML data changes only to be sent/received from backend systems. This will minimize network traffic between the M-Business Anywhere server and backend servers and improve end-user sync time performance.