IBM United States
Software Announcement 201-109
April 17, 2001

IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 — A New Release With New Ordering and New Pricing Replaces Previous Releases

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At a Glance

  • IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 is available through Passport Advantage, IBM's comprehensive software licensing, software subscription, and customer support program. Passport Advantage saves organizations money at every stage of software licensing, everywhere in the world.
  • The new IBM Value Unit pricing structure is based on the volume of users in increments of 100 users. The cost per user decreases as the volume of users increases.
  • Version 2.5 provides all the capabilities of previous releases plus some enhancements, including:
    • IMAP/iMail Internet mail support and WCAP/iCalendar Internet support
    • SMTP and LDAP support for authentication and synchronization
    • Support for Japanese Palm and Windows CE clients
    • Support that allows an EPOC Connect client to update itself via file transfer
    • Synchronization of Meeting Location from Microsoft Exchange to EPOC devices as part of the subject of the appointment
    • Support for draft e-mails when synchronizing with EPOC devices
    • Support for preemptive problem management

Overview

IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5, the replacement product for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.4.1, is available with enhanced functions, new pricing, and new ordering procedures.

IBM Mobile Connect can now be ordered by customers with a Passport Advantage Agreement. The pricing structure is based on a new model that implements IBM Value Units. This structure provides a licensing methodology that reduces complex ordering structures to a single orderable item. As the number of users increases, the cost per user decreases. Refer to the Ordering Information section of this announcement for more details.

IBM Mobile Connect is a server-based data synchronization and management solution for enterprises. It allows you to manage and control information remotely, whether synchronizing information between mobile devices and your network server or updating software applications running on handheld devices. Your users can have access to the most current information, from virtually anywhere at any time.

IBM Mobile Connect provides functions that allow your users to take advantage of a variety of mobile devices by integrating mobile computing into your corporate infrastructure securely and effectively. The information technology (IT) staff can control and manage information and data so that business-sensitive information is secure. This can help you meet your business goals by making your users more productive and streamlining their workflow.

IBM Mobile Connect provides functionality in specific areas:

  • Synchronization of contacts, calendars, tasks, e-mail, and custom data between mobile devices and Lotus® Domino™, Microsoft™ Exchange, or ODBC-compliant database servers
  • Implementation of software tools to aid management of devices used by mobile employees or customers
  • Transfer of data between mobile devices and your network server using wired or wireless connections

Contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner to find out how IBM Mobile Connect can help you make the transition into the world of wireless computing while still supporting your traditional wired-connection activities. More information about wireless computing and wireless e-business is available on IBM's Pervasive Computing Division Web site at:

Key Prerequisites

IBM Mobile Connect requires a network server that has a Pentium™ processor and is running either Windows NT™ 4.0, or higher, or Windows™ 2000. There should be 1,000 MB of free disk space for the server software plus approximately 4 MB of free disk space for each authorized user.

Wireless devices that access the server require one of the following operating systems: Palm OS platform; Microsoft Pocket PC or Windows CE; or Symbian EPOC platform.

Some remote devices require a TCP/IP local area network (LAN) connection.

Planned Availability Dates

  • Passport Advantage Electronic Software Delivery: April 27, 2001
  • Passport Advantage Media Pack: May 11, 2001

Description

Mobile devices have become an essential part of today's business. Synchronizing and exchanging information with corporate servers can be a preferred solution for enterprise IT organizations that are trying to manage information and applications on mobile devices.

IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 provides synchronization that allows a flexible, reliable method of accessing information remotely or locally in a secure manner. It enables integration of multiple mobile devices into existing systems and central management of the information and applications on those devices. It also provides cryptographic capabilities that many enterprises require for security.

IBM Mobile Connect allows IT managers to synchronize PIM data between corporate servers such as Lotus Domino or Microsoft Exchange, and mobile devices running Palm OS, Windows CE, or EPOC operating systems.

Advance filter settings allow users to customize the data that is actually synchronized each time. For example, filters can be set to limit the size of e-mails or specify how many days' worth of e-mail to receive. Users can decide whether to download attachments or not, and calendar filters can be set to retrieve calendar information for a specific date period.

Euro Currency

This program is not impacted by euro currency.

Product Positioning

IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 replaces previous versions of IBM Mobile Connect, including Version 2.2 and Version 2.4.1. It provides all the functionality of Version 2.4.1, plus some enhancements.

IBM Mobile Connect is intended for enterprises that want to allow users to access their network servers through wireless devices as well as continue to support local wired or cabled access. Mobile Connect is an excellent way for a company to begin integrating mobile devices into their business environment. It can help position a company to start a more extensive wireless computing and e-business environment, such as IBM WebSphere™ Everyplace™ Suite.

The new ordering procedures allow customers to take advantage of the benefits provided by Passport Advantage. For information about Passport Advantage, go to:

The new pricing structure provides a better value for user-based licensing. As the number of users increases, the cost per 100 user decreases. If, at a later time, you wish to increase the total number of users, you get credit for any Value Units you acquired in previous transactions.

Reference Information

More information about mobile and wireless computing, wireless devices, and wireless e-business can be found on the IBM Pervasive Computing Division Web site at:

You may also wish to refer to other IBM announcements for information on related products. Announcements can be found at:

Refer to Software Announcement 200-287 , dated August 29, 2000 (IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.4.1).

Trademarks

 
WebSphere, Everyplace, and IBMLink are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft, Windows NT, and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Domino is a trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

Offering Information

Product information will be available on day of announcement through Offering Information (OITOOL) at:

Publications

No printed publications are shipped with this program. All documentation is provided in softcopy form with the program code. The publications are in .pdf format for viewing and printing by the customer.

Technical Information

Specified Operating Environment

Hardware Requirements

Server System

  • Pentium™ processor, 166 MHz minimum; faster for large installations
  • 64 MB RAM minimum; more for large installations
  • 1,000 MB available disk space for server software plus 4 MB for each user
  • TCP/IP LAN connection

Mobile Devices That Use One of the Following

  • Palm OS platform
  • Microsoft™ Pocket PC or Windows™ CE
  • Symbian EPOC platform

Local Access via One or More of the Following

  • Cable or cradle
  • Infrared
  • Local area network (LAN)
  • Wide area network (WAN)

Remote Access via One of the Following

  • Wired modem
  • Wireless modem

Networking Standards

  • TCP/IP network connection from mobile device to server, such as Remote Access Server (RAS), PPP dial-in server, or wireless IP modem, supporting GSM, CDMA, or Nextel's iDEN standards, or CDPD

Software Requirements

Server Operating System (One of the Following)

  • Windows NT™ with Service Pack 4, or later
  • Windows 2000

Device Software (One or More of the Following)

  • Microsoft Pocket PC
  • Microsoft Windows CE
  • Symbian EPOC platform

Supported Mobile Device Databases

  • Palm PIM applications (mail, address, datebook, and so on)
  • Structured .PDB flat files
  • Satellite Forms
  • ADOCE
  • CEDB (Object Store)
  • Pocket Outlook applications
  • EPOC PIM applications (e-mail, agenda, contacts, and so on)
  • Native Data Application Connectivity

Groupware Servers

  • Lotus® Domino™ 4.5, 4.6, or R5
  • Microsoft Exchange 5.5

Server Databases

  • Any ODBC-compliant database, such as DB2®, MS SQL Server, Oracle, Sybase, Extended Systems' Advantage Database Server
  • Microsoft Exchange customer folders (private and public)
  • Lotus Domino databases

Planning Information

Customer Support: Direct customer support is available via Passport Advantage Support or IBM Support Line. Instructions for obtaining support are provided when the support agreement is signed.

These fee services enhance customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. IBM support will help answer questions pertaining to usage and suspected software defects for eligible products.

For more information about support, call 800-IBM-4YOU (426-4968), contact your IBM representative, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Packaging: IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 is available only to Passport Advantage customers. The product and the publications may be downloaded electronically by Passport customers. A Passport Advantage Media Pack is also available.

Security, Auditability, and Control

IBM Mobile Connect uses the security and auditability features of the program and the operating system. Certicom encryption helps ensure secure data transfer. User authentication is provided through Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, or an internal user list.

The customer is responsible for evaluation, selection, and implementation of security features, administrative procedures, and appropriate controls in application systems and communication facilities.

Ordering Information

IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 is available only to customers with a Passport Advantage Agreement. An order must include the appropriate number of IBM Value Units required for each specific customer environment and the appropriate Passport Advantage support and subscription options.

The pricing structure of Mobile Connect provides the following financial benefits:

  • You pay only for the number of users (in increments of 100 users) you have.
  • The required number of Value Units per 100 users decreases as the total number of users increases, therefore the cost per user decreases as the volume of users increases.
  • All Value Units are calculated on the one Usage Level that contains your total number of users at the time of your purchase. You do not have to purchase Value Units up through the lower Usage Levels.
  • Previous purchases are counted when additional users are added during subsequent transactions.

Licensing and pricing are based on the number of users (in increments of 100) and implement IBM Value Units. IBM Value Units provide a licensing methodology that reduces complex ordering structures to a single orderable item. Value Units are used to determine the license quantities, are product specific, and cannot be transferred to another product. Licensing is required for the total number of users in each Mobile Connect environment.

Value Unit Table for IBM Mobile Connect

                                                           Value
                                                           Units
                                                           Per
Usage                                                      100
Level               Number of Users                        Users
 
1                            1 to      5,000                312
2                        5,001 to     50,000                246
3                       50,001 to    150,000                197
4                      150,001 to    500,000                 50
5                      500,001 to  1,000,000                 33
6                    1,000,001 to  3,000,000                 27
7                    3,000,001 to 10,000,000                 20
8                   10,000,001 to 20,000,000                 14
9                   20,000,001 or more                        7

Contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner if you need assistance in determining the appropriate number of Value Units required for your environment.

The following examples demonstrate the logic used to determine the required number of Value Units.

Example

Assume that you want to start using Mobile Connect with only a portion of your users, then, at a later date, add the rest of your users. You may do this with two transactions.

Part 1 — Initial Transaction: Assume you want to license only 1,234 of your users for the initial startup of using Mobile Connect.

How to Calculate Required Value Units                Result
 
1.  Round up the number of users to the              1,300
    nearest 100 and identify the                     users
    applicable Usage Level.                          (Level 1)
 
2.  Divide the rounded-up number of                  13 groups
    users by 100 to determine the number             of 100
    of 100-user groups.
 
3.  Refer to Usage Level 1 (the                      312 Value
    applicable level for this example)               Units per
    to determine the required number of              100 users
    Value Units for each 100-user group.
 
4.  Multiply the number of groups by the             13 x 312
    number of Value Units required for               = 4,056
    each group.
 
5.  Round up the result to the nearest               4,060
    five Value Units.
 
6.  Order the total number of required               Order
    Value Units.                                     4,060
                                                     Value Units

Part 2 — Subsequent Transaction: At a later date, you are now ready to add the remainder of your users, bringing your total number of users to 12,552. You have previously acquired 4,060 Value Units in your initial transaction.

How to Calculate Required Value Units                Result
 
1.  Round up the total number of users               12,600
    to the nearest 100 and identify the              users
    Usage Level.                                     (Level 2)
 
2.  Divide the number of users by 100.               126 groups
                                                     of 100
 
3.  Identify the number of Value Units               246 Value
    per 100 users in the Usage Level                 Units per
    that contains the total number of                100 users
    your users.                                      (Level 2)
 
4.  Multiply the total number of groups              126 x 246
    of users by the Value Units in that              = 30,996
    one Usage Level.
 
5.  Round up to the nearest five Value               31,000
    Units.
 
6.  Subtract the number of Value Units               31,000 -
    acquired in your previous                        4,060
    transaction                                      = 26,940
 
7.  Order the number of Value Units                  Order
    required for this transaction.                   26,940
                                                     Value Units

More Examples

  • If you start with 600 users, the required number of Value Units is 1,875. That is 600 divided by 100 = 6, then multiply 6 times 312 (Value Units per 100 users in Usage Level 1). This equals 1,872, which is then rounded up to 1,875. You should order 1,875 Value Units to license your 600 users.

    If, at a later date, you wish to increase your total number of users to 6,000, the total required Value Units is 14,760. That is 6,000 divided by 100 = 60, then multiply 60 by 246 (Value Units per 100 users in Usage Level 2) for a total of 14,760 Value Units required to license your total 6,000 users. However, since you have already acquired 1,875 Value Units in your initial transaction, you need to order only 12,885 Value Units in this transaction. You will then have a total of 14,760 Value Units, the required number of Value Units to license 6,000 users.

  • If you decide to start with 6,000 users (Usage Level 2), you should order 14,760 Value Units (60 x 246 = 14,760).
  • If you decide to start with 250,000 users (Usage Level 4), the required number of Value Units is 125,000 (2,500 x 50 = 125,000).

You always use the Usage Level that represents the total number of users at that time in your environment.

Passport Advantage

New licenses, software subscriptions, and support services are ordered through the Lotus Ordering System for Passport Advantage:

                                                         Part
Program Name/Description                                 Number
 
VPO License IBM Mobile Connect                           D56B4ML
 Value Unit
VPO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect                        D56B5ML
 Value Unit 1 Anniv
VPO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect                        D56B6ML
 Value Unit 2 Anniv
VPO SW Sub Renewal IBM Mobile                            E16BZML
 Connect Value Unit
VPO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value                      D56C5ML
 Unit 1 Anniv
VPO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value                      D56C6ML
 Unit 2 Anniv
CO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect                         D56C7ML
 Value Unit 1 Anniv
CO Lic/SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect                         D56C8ML
 Value Unit 2 Anniv
CO SW Sub Renewal IBM Mobile                             E16CAML
 Connect Value Unit
CO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value                       D56CBML
 Unit 1 Anniv
CO SW Sub IBM Mobile Connect Value                       D56CDML
 Unit 2 Anniv
CO Supt IBM Mobile Connect Value                         E16E1ML
 Unit 1 Anniv
CO Lic/SW Sub/Supt IBM Mobile                            D56E2ML
 Connect Value Unit 1 Anniv
CO Lic/SW Sub/Supt IBM Mobile                            D56E3ML
 Connect Value Unit 2 Anniv
CO SW Sub/Supt IBM Mobile Connect                        D56E4ML
 Value Unit 1 Anniv
CO SW Sub/Supt Renewal IBM Mobile                        E16E6ML
 Connect Value Unit
IBM Mobile Connect V2.5 Value Unit                       BK7M4IE
 -- Media Package

Upgrades and Replacements

IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 replaces previous releases of IBM Mobile Connect (5637-H67), including Version 2.2 and Version 2.4.1.

There is no replacement for IBM Mobile Connect Support (5648-D21). However, customers who purchased IBM Mobile Support within the 12-month period prior to this announcement are eligible to receive IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 for no additional charge. Authorization for use of Version 2.5 will continue for the same number of users that were licensed for the previous version of Mobile Connect.

To receive IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 for no additional charge, eligible customers may send an e-mail to:

    PVCLV2@us.ibm.com

Include your address, customer contact name, and current version of Mobile Connect, and indicate the date that you purchased IBM Mobile Connect Support. If you need assistance with this, contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner.

Software Subscription

Software subscription, sometimes referred to as upgrade protection, is available for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 through the Passport Advantage Agreement options.

For assistance or additional information, contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) are required for all authorized use.

License Information Form Number: The License Information is provided in the program software.

Limited Warranty Applies: Yes

Program Services and Support: Basic Program Services are provided as part of the IBM basic software license agreement as described in the IPLA/LI of the product. These services offer a method of reporting code-related problems for IBM licensed software products. Program Services will be available for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 through April 30, 2002.

Suspected code-related problems with IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 may be reported via e-mail to:

    PVCLV2@us.ibm.com

or via mail to IBM Corporation, Dept. 4W0A, P.O. Box 12195, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709.

Additional fee support is available through the IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line and Passport Advantage Support.

This program will be subject to the terms of the IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA) included in the program software and not to the Agreement for IBM Licensed Programs.

Money-Back Guarantee: 30-day, money-back guarantee

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: Yes

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes

Passport Advantage Subscription Applies: Yes

Upgrades: Customers who purchased IBM Mobile Connect Support within the 12-month period prior to this announcement are entitled to Version 2.5 for no additional charge. Authorization for use of the program will continue at the same level as they had for the previous version.

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: Yes

Other Support: Passport Advantage

AIX®/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

Entitled Upgrade for Current AIX/UNIX Upgrade Protection Licensees: No

AS/400® Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance Available: Not applicable

Prices

Pricing information for IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 is available on the Passport Advantage Web site, or you may contact your IBM representative or your authorized Business Partner.

Upgrades

If you acquired IBM Mobile Connect Support (5648-D21) during the12 months prior to this announcement, you are eligible to receive IBM Mobile Connect Version 2.5 for no additional charge. You may request Version 2.5 by sending an e-mail to:

    PVCLV2@us.ibm.com

or you may contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner for assistance.

Fee Support

For information about fee support services, contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner for information about Passport Advantage Support or IBM Support Line.

Customer Financing

IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners in more than 40 countries around the world. IBM Global Financing is provided by the IBM Credit Corporation in the United States. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability may vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization. Country organizations are listed on the Web at:

Trademarks

 
DB2, AIX, and AS/400 are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Pentium is a trademark of Intel Corporation.
 
Microsoft, Windows, and Windows NT are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
 
UNIX is a registered trademark is a registered trademark of the Open Company in the United States and other countries.
 
Domino is a trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Lotus is a registered trademark of Lotus Development Corporation.
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.