Friday, January 21, 2005

IBM Enhances Eclipse-Based Tools for Mobile Access to Enterprise Applications

IBM Enhances Eclipse-Based Tools for Mobile Access to Enterprise Applications
New Speech and Multimodal Tools Help Speed Mobile Development and Enable Access to Information via Wireless Devices

IBM today announced the availability of three new pervasive computing technologies for download via its alphaWorks emerging technology web site. The new software solutions -- IBM Voice Toolkit, Forms for Mobile Devices and Multimodal Toolkit Plus -- make it easier for companies to access enterprise applications via wireless data devices, untethered from their desks and offices. The three independent offerings also help to simplify the development and deployment of pervasive computing software using open, standards-based technology.

"The mobile workforce is predicted to triple between now and 2008, increasing the dependency on wireless. mobile device as well as alternative input methods such as speech and multimodality," said Marc Goubert, senior manager, IBM alphaWorks. "With these pervasive computing toolkits, IBM empowers customers to drive internal field and sales efficiencies by harnessing open standards-based technologies to access enterprise applications."

The Voice Toolkit Preview now offers voice application development capabilities to developers leveraging the IBM Software Development Platform. It provides an integrated development environment, enhanced Natural Language Understanding tools, and support for VoiceXML and the new Open Source Reusable Dialog components. These new features and functions help to simplify and speed the software development process and open it up to a larger group of people rather than limiting it to specialized speech application programmers.

The second offering, Multimodal Tools Plus, is an Eclipse-based tool designed to speed the development of browser-based applications on embedded devices requiring visual and speech interaction. This comprehensive software tools package, provides an easy to use interface for writing and testing voice-enabled Web applications on the desktop prior to deployment on handheld devices. It leverages the IBM Embedded ViaVoice speech engine and the X+V (xHTML and Voice) multimodal specification.

Finally, IBM Forms for Mobile Devices is a Java-based distributed software solution comprised of a set of Eclipse-based wizards. It enables developers to rapidly create applications for accessing, and completing business forms, such as an expense approval sheet, stored locally on mobile devices. When a mobile device user completes and submits a form, it is queued for delivery to the server for when connectivity is available. When the server receives a completed form, it dispatches it to the back-end application for final processing.

Developers can download these software tools via IBM alphaWorks, the leading resource for emerging technology www.alphaworks.ibm.com

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