IBM extends WebSphere to mobile devices

Extending the availability of its business applications beyond the desktop, IBM Corp. on Tuesday announced WebSphere Everyplace Access.

The software allows companies to add handheld computers, mobile phones and other mobile devices to the list of clients that can access applications, all under a single IT architecture, IBM said in a statement.

WebSphere Everyplace Access extends the use of applications from IBM, such as WebSphere Application Server and the DB2 database, as well as software from IBM subsidiaries Tivoli Systems Inc. and Lotus Development Corp. Users would be able to access their e-mail, customer relationship management, sales-force automation and supply-chain applications while on the move, said IBM, of Armonk, New York.

Application developers can use Everyplace Tools, a part of the WebSphere Everyplace product, to expand existing applications and to build new applications, IBM said. No details were given on the amount of work it would take to modify an application so that it supports WebSphere Everyplace Access. Pricing and availability information was not released.