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developerWorks: Pervasive Computing: e-Business Anywhere, Anytime

Jul 03, 2003, 05:30 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Albee Jhoney, Manu Kuchhal, Rohit Jaiswal)

"Pervasive computing is all about giving people convenient access to relevant information and the ability to act on that information anytime, anywhere. In the context of e-business, it translates into increased sales, better customer service, and lower transaction costs. A pervasive computing-enabled e-business is often called a wireless e-business.

"In this article, we'll develop an example field force automation application that network-marketing agents will use on their sales routes. These agents can use a handheld device, like a PDA, to respond quickly to their customers and their business centers.

"Although we will demonstrate with IBM solutions here, you can implement this process with related open or proprietary solutions. The IBM solutions are based on open standards and seamlessly integrate together, as well as with other leading e-business application suites and middleware. Thus, they provide developers with greater flexibility and choice. Most of these offerings from IBM are supported on Linux, an open source operating system apart from other platforms like Palm OS, QNX, and others. Choosing Linux as the platform substantially reduces the total ownership costs..."

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