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Denise Lahey is the chief executive officer of OracleMobile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Oracle Corp. In her five-year tenure at Oracle, Ms. Lahey created Oracle's mobile product strategy and then orchestrated the development of new products to fulfill that strategy. Ms. Lahey also inked strategic partnerships between Oracle and other wireless technology innovators like Motorola, Palm Computing, and Symbian. As the first employee in the division, Ms. Lahey built Oracle's Mobile Product group to over 125 people worldwide. Today she leads OracleMobile's growing team to deliver on her vision for the wireless Internet. WBT: Tell us about OracleMobile. What do they do, and what do you do for them? DL: I can sum it up in one sentence: we build and host wireless Web sites. Depending on what analyst you talk to, over the next three years there will be one to one and a hal... (more)

The Spectrum Cap Fight: A Left, a Right and a Smoke Screen

Is the cap lift equally capable of improving QoS and making carriers more profitable? Or only the latter? Unfortunately, we may not know until the smoke clears whether the consumers, the carriers, or both are the winners. On November 8, 2001, the FCC began a gradual lift of the spectrum cap for mobile radio frequency (inclusive of cellular PCS). The cap lift elevates the amount of spectrum any single carrier can own in any one market from 45 to 55MHz. The lift will be completed in 2003. Cellular service is becoming essential technology in terms of national security (wireless communications were both vital and strained during the terrorist attacks of September 11), business communications (BlackBerry e-mail devices, cell phones, and pagers to name a few), and private-sector consumers (varied devices accommodate a culture that is constantly on the go, with multiple-job... (more)

Product Review: sonicadmin from Sonic Mobility

Businesspeople and technologists generally consider their handheld devices to be primarily communications devices. They are used as schedule keepers or electronic diaries, and many users have multiple devices in hand such as a mobile phone and a PDA. The advent of Internet-enabled wireless devices such as Pocket PCs, RIM, and Palm's VII, and recently released Palm i705, have changed the rules. These hybrid devices can leverage cellular networks and provide Internet-connectivity right onboard the device. The ability to connect to the broader Internet in a predictable fashion makes these devices much more powerful than simple communications devices or electronic diaries. In fact, software vendors are beginning to release completely new breeds of software applications that are designed to exploit the advanced connectivity that is offered with these new generations of h... (more)

Doctors Go Handheld, But Patient Confidentiality Is Secure…Thanks to 'Zapping'

(March 19,2002) Security was very much the paramount concern when a nationwide wireless data and Internet service provider (GoAmerica) and a provider of wireless infrastructure management software (mFormation Techologies) got together to enable a not-for-profit health-care provider (Baylor Health Care) to start deploying wireless handhelds among their medical staff…without undue fear of patient confidentiality being breached. Already in use among their management and administrative staffs, Baylor is in the process of deploying GoAmerica's Go.Web service throughout the organization - including medical staff. "So it is important," Baylor's personal communication manager John Crouch explains to WBT-IN, "that we are able to immediately deal with lost or stolen devices by remotely locking or even 'zapping' the device to wipe out the sensitive data that might be on it. Th... (more)

E911 and Privacy

Enhanced 911, usually called "E911," is technology that offers an abundance of solutions for safety and security problems. Prompted by federal law, cellphone companies must provide accurate technology to their handsets so that callers' locations can be identified in emergencies - whether through use of global positioning satellite (GPS) or other methodologies. The technology promises that emergency personnel can locate callers from roadside accidents, victims of crime, lost campers, children calling home, first responders, and others, simply by tracking the signal from the caller's mobile phone. Once in place, the technology will also give service providers the opportunity to use cellphone location abilities for commercial purposes. These technological advances do not come without problems, the first of which has been the cost of rolling out the technology, both for ... (more)

Business Gets the Message

Walk into your local coffee bar and it's easy to see that wireless technology is changing the way people live. You'll notice people getting their daily caffeine fixes while surfing the Internet, organizing their work and personal schedules, or simply communicating with colleagues and friends in a way they never did before. Clearly, wireless technology is changing the way people make decisions and in turn, changing the way business gets done. The funnel through which new IT and communications spending projects must pass for approval has narrowed significantly over the last two years, with only investments that deliver a strong return making it. More than ever before, companies are required to do more with less. New products and services must clearly demonstrate an ability to help the company both save and make money, and as a result, become a business necessity. At t... (more)

The Skeptic

We hear that Vivato has raised $44.5 million for their wireless infrastructure business. It's nice to know someone's got the cash! It's enough to remind us of the excesses of the dot-com days, with inflatable boardrooms and business plans written on the back of napkins sure to follow. I'm not suggesting that Vivato is using napkins for stationery, or bouncing around their boardroom (though on getting $44.5 million, a certain amount of bouncing would be expected), but with hotspots still being a completely unproven business model, it beggars belief that this kind of money is being thrown at them. Let me be clear, I'm not anti Wi-Fi. I use it at home and at work, and I've even been known to log on from the hotel on occasion. But what I am having problems with is the way Wi-Fi is being promoted as the solution to problems we didn't even know we had, a replacement for a... (more)

RIM Takes a $57.3 Million Hit in Patent Case

Five patents involving the transmission of formatted e-mail through a radio frequency network to allow users to receive their messages on mobile handheld devices, registered to one Thomas Campana - an electrical engineer who developed the technology in the mid-80s for private U.S. firm Telefind Corp. - have been at the heart of the 4-year legal saga surrounding the RIM BlackBerry e-mail device. RIM, certain that its technology was merely a continuation of a trajectory began by Motorola Corp's two-way pager and nothing to do with Campana, launched the BlackBerry in 1999. But this week the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia ordered RIM to pay $53.7-million in costs and damages to NTP Inc., the holding company that administers the Campana patents. In addition, the court barred the sale of RIM's BlackBerry line of mobile wireless organizers and software... (more)

J2ME: Has Its Time Finally Arrived?

Having written about Java 2 Micro Edition (J2ME) programming for almost five years now, I've been frustrated by the slow adoption of the J2ME platform, as have many of the early devotees. Those of us who saw Sun demonstrate Java running on Palm OS back in 1999 were hoping that the wireless Java revolution was just around the corner. The introduction of J2ME generated a lot of hype and excitement (and confusion) in the Java development community. Publishers rushed books to market, virtual machines were announced, and device manufacturers started incorporating Java technology into their plans. But the corner we wanted to turn was in fact a long way off. I think we're finally approaching it, though. Writing a J2ME application isn't really that hard. J2ME is, after all, just Java, albeit with a few restrictions. The development process is the same except for a couple o... (more)

BlackBerry Enterprise Server Adds Support For IBM Lotus Domino 7.0

Research In Motion (RIM) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) today announced that BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 will support IBM Lotus Domino 7.0. RIM continues to advance the BlackBerry wireless platform for enterprise and government customers with tightly integrated support for IBM's latest Lotus Domino products. "We have been testing BlackBerry Enterprise Server with beta versions of Domino 7.0 and look forward to supporting the upcoming release," said Mike Lazaridis, President and Co-CEO at RIM. "BlackBerry is the most broadly supported wireless enterprise platform in the world and support for Domino 7.0 will further pave the way for developers and administrators to provide integrated messaging and collaborative applications to mobile users." BlackBerry Enterprise Server v4.0 customers will enjoy full integration with IBM Lotus Domino 7.0 when they upgrade. IBM Lotus Do... (more)

SYS-CON Opens Its Eighth Annual "Readers' Choice Awards" Polls, Often Referred To As "The Oscars of the Software Industry"

(Montvale, NJ, February 1, 2005) - SYS-CON Media (www.sys-con.com), the world's leading i-technology media company, announced that its 2005 Readers' Choice Awards polls opened today, February 1, 2005 and will remain open for six months, until July 31, 2005. More than 50,000 readers are expected to cast their votes to select the best software products of the year including Java, Linux, Web Services, XML, Microsoft .NET products and services. SYS-CON's readers' choice awards program is considered to be the most prestigious award program of the software industry and often referred to as "the Oscars of the software industry." The products participating in the program are nominated by their vendors, customers, users, or SYS-CON readers. This year a record number of companies and products were nominated. Below is a list of all companies and products participating in the 200... (more)