Vol. 4, No. 13
November 1st, 2004

 

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Verizon Taking Strides to Lead SDP Race
By Michelle Maisto

A new generation of emerging software platforms is the topic of a recent Yankee Group report. Service delivery platforms (SDPs) will meet an important need, according to the report, by addressing “the interoperability and integration issues users face in moving across networks, devices, applications and content.” Rob Rich, author of the report, describes a scenario in which a mobile professional in 2007 is performing multiple, seamless transactions while en-route to catch a flight. While the pro's capabilities are a bit futuristic, Rich writes, “…virtually all of the technology components required [in the scenario] exist today in various states of maturity. What has been missing is the ability of the network to tie all of these capabilities together.”

The report goes on to name Verizon as a leader in SDP deployment with the launch of its iobi Home. iobi can be accessed in three different ways: through the iobi Home client software on a personal computer with an Internet connection (high speed or dial-up), through the iobi Home Web site on any computer, or by phone, via a voice-recognition portal. And its intention, according to a Verizon press release, is to let consumers be in two places at once (if it could just put eyes in the back of users' heads, now every busy parent's hopes could be answered).

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Good Technology Expands Support for palmOne's Treo Smartphone Family
Extending its leadership in delivering industry standards-based wireless messaging and corporate application access to the broadest range of handheld devices, Good Technology today announced that its GoodLink wireless messaging system has been optimized for the new Treo 650 smartphone from palmOne, Inc.
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Reynolds & Reynolds Honored with 2004 AFSMI International Service Quality Award
The Association for Services Management International (AFSMI) announced that Reynolds & Reynolds is this year's recipient of its International Service Quality Award. The award was presented at the AFSMI World Conference, the 34th S-Business Education Summit and Expo, which was held October 3-6 in Dallas, Texas.

This annual award, presented on behalf of AFSM International by ServicePartners, the research division of The Gasparovic Group, Inc., recognizes the company that receives the highest rating for service quality from their customers as measured in AFSMI's Annual Industry Study of Service Quality for S-Business. Last year, Reynolds shared the award with another company; this year, they were the sole recipient of the award.
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NAVTEQ and Autodesk Collaborate to Enable Location Solutions for Wireless Industry
NAVTEQ, a global provider of digital maps for vehicle navigation and location-based solutions, and Autodesk, Inc., a digital design and content company, have signed a licensing agreement that enables carriers and other wireless service providers in North America to license NAVTEQ maps directly from Autodesk for integration into Autodesk's location platform and software. This agreement makes it possible for wireless service providers to create scalable, highly accurate and customized location solutions that can be easily integrated into wireless networks.
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Wi-Fi Finds its Voice
Wi-Fi isn't just for data, but adding voice involves more than simply buying 802.11 phones.

The Pacific Sunwear clothing and accessory brand projects an image of always being on the go—which is a great way to appeal to teens but the wrong image to project when you're trying to do business.

“Key management and support personnel were often away from their desks and weren't reachable via telephone,” says Ron Ehlers, the company's VP of information services. “Since they were away from their desks, they didn't receive and couldn't respond to voicemail messages in a timely manner.”

The solution? Voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN), which uses 802.11 Wi-Fi networks to support phones alongside the usual assortment of data devices, such as laptops and PDAs. VoWLAN's business case is a familiar one: Like cellular, the constant link makes employees more productive and easier to reach. “Although not quantified, we have seen productivity gains, time savings, cost savings, improved decision-making and greater sharing of information” since the VoWLAN was deployed, Ehlers says.

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