IBM, GoAmerica integrating wireless access software

IBM and wireless data software and services provider GoAmerica Inc. are working on a combined product integrating IBM's WebSphere Everyplace Access (WEA) software with GoAmerica's Go.Web OnPrem technology, the companies said Tuesday.

Go.Web OnPrem reformats data from corporate systems such as CRM (customer relationship management) software for transmission to an array of wireless devices. IBM's WEA is a package of components and infrastructure software also aimed at connecting mobile devices with corporate data, particularly from IBM's Lotus Notes and Microsoft Corp.'s Exchange messaging software.

Integrating the two products will allow corporate data to be pushed to a variety of devices, the companies said. For example, the same sales data could be transmitted to laptops, handheld computers and BlackBerry devices. The new, integrated product will be available early next year, according to the companies. Pricing has not yet been announced.

Tuesday's announcement, made at the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association's Wireless IT & Internet show in Las Vegas, is an extension of IBM's existing partnership with GoAmerica, based in Hackensack, New Jersey. The two companies first teamed in December 2001 on joint marketing and development of enterprise wireless products, and later added an arrangement under which IBM resells certain GoAmerica products and services.

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