IBM United States
Software Announcement 202-166
July 9, 2002

IBM Mobile Connect V3 — A New Version With New Functions and Simplified Pricing Replaces Previous Releases

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At a Glance

Mobile Connect V3 includes all the capabilities of previous releases and adds enhancements, including:

  • Site Wizard — a powerful configuration tool to help administrators set up Mobile Connect quickly and easily.
  • Microsoft™ Management Console (MMC) — a snap-in that facilitates administration across large organizations and enables the administrator to manage the Mobile Connect server from an existing MCC tool.
  • Customizable Client Profiles — help make the device synchronization experience more intuitive for users.
  • Enhanced Palm Mail Client — gives Palm users more synchronization and e-mail delivery options to help them be more productive.
  • New optional features:
    • Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect
    • Automatic Synchronization and Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect
  • The new pricing structure uses a one-time-charge per registered user with a minimum of one user.

Overview

IBM Mobile Connect V3, the replacement product for IBM Mobile Connect V2.5, is available with enhanced functions and a new, simplified pricing model.

Mobile Connect is a server-based data synchronization and management solution for a wide variety of businesses and enterprises. It allows you to manage and control information remotely, whether you are 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.

Mobile Connect provides functions that allow your users to take advantage of a variety of mobile devices. It can help you maintain a high level of security by effectively integrating mobile computing into your corporate infrastructure. Your IT staff can control and manage information and data so that business-sensitive information can be protected. This can help you meet your business goals by helping your users be more productive and streamlining their workflow.

Two new optional components extend the functionality of Mobile Connect V3:

  • Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect V3
  • Automatic Synchronization and Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect V3

For more information about Mobile Connect V3, mobile computing, and related topics, visit the Pervasive Computing Web site at:

Key Prerequisites

  • Passport Advantage Agreement
  • Pentium® processor with Windows NT®, Windows® 2000, or Windows XP
  • Client devices running Palm OS, Windows CE, Pocket PC 2000 or 2002, or Symbian-based operating systems

Refer to the Technical Information section of this announcement for more information.

Planned Availability Dates

  • July 26, 2002: Mobile Connect V3 via Passport Electronic
  • August 9, 2002: Mobile Connect V3 via Passport Media Pack
  • August 30, 2002: Optional Components via Passport Electronic
  • September 20, 2002: Optional Components via Passport Media Pack

Description

Mobile Connect V3 excels in administrator experience and user experience. It provides a software infrastructure that is easy to support and easy to use. This helps ensure that the use of handheld devices for data delivery in your organization is successful. Mobile Connect V3 provides for:

  • Administrators
    • Robust tools to manage data access and delivery
    • Detailed reports
    • Assurance that your information and data is constantly secure
  • Handheld Device Users
    • Intuitive, easy-to-manage device interface
    • Flexible options for accessing and retrieving key information

Management Tools

Mobile Connect V3 provides tools to help manage and transfer data and applications to mobile devices. Administrators can set up the necessary actions to automatically deploy and configure applications. They can also log the status and errors of mobile devices. This helps administrators identify and diagnose problems for their remote users.

Site Wizard: Allows administrators to quickly set up the server configuration to synchronize personal information management (PIM) data between Microsoft Exchange or Lotus® Domino™ databases and handheld devices running Palm, Windows CE, Pocket PC, or Symbian operating systems. With this powerful tool, IT administrators can:

  • Set up Mobile Connect V3 quickly and easily for their enterprise
  • Place their users into groups and define which application installations, file transfers, and data synchronization sessions can occur for each user group
  • Help ensure less administration and easier implementation by using existing groupware for authentication and security
  • Assist in setting up backup/restore actions and deploying applications to mobile devices

Microsoft Management Console (MMC): This snap-in facilitates administration across large organizations by allowing administrators to manage the Mobile Connect V3 servers using their existing MMC tool. It also:

  • Allows administrators to view various types of information, including error history from user connections
  • Displays currently connected users
  • Permits display of previous synchronization sessions
  • Provides proactive alerts to help IT manage devices more effectively

Security: The mobile and wireless world presents significant security challenges because data can be accessed remotely and from such a wide variety of devices. Elliptic Curve Cryptography from Certicom has been integrated into Mobile Connect V3 to help you ensure secure transfer of data.

Database Synchronization: Although access to e-mail is still the most popular application used by mobile workers, enterprise users also want applications that dig into their corporate databanks and download business-specific applications. Mobile Connect V3 gives IT organizations, developers, and integrators the ability to customize application data and synchronize it to mobile databases.

Mobile Connect V3 supports any ODBC-compliant database, Microsoft Exchange Server, or Lotus Domino database. This allows IT to easily set up and create custom synchronization databases such as DB2® Everyplace™ or ADOCE.

Device User Tools

IBM understands that successful integration and support of handheld devices into your organization means making those devices truly useful. The client side of Mobile Connect V3 is designed to be intuitive and easy for mobile device users to use.

PIM Synchronization: Handheld devices are primarily used to help people manage their daily activities. More devices will be brought into your organization as employees look to synchronize their personal information such as e-mail, calendars, tasks, and contact list applications (PIM information). Mobile Connect V3 allows handheld device users to synchronize all PIM data with their corporate server.

  • Supports synchronization from Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino, and Internet-standard protocols such as LDAP, IMAP, SMTP, WCAP/iCAL.
  • Supports devices that use Palm, Pocket PC, Windows CE, and Symbian-based operating systems
  • Enables IT to control what, when, and how data gets synchronized and whether mobile users have a choice to synchronize specific data

Optional Mobile Connect V3 Components

Two add-on features are available as optional components:

  • Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect V3
  • Automatic Synchronization and Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect V3

Mobile Connect V3 is a prerequisite for both of these components. You may add either component at the time of installation of Mobile Connect V3 or at a later time. In either case, you must acquire the proper licensing through Passport Advantage for the base Mobile Connect V3 program and for either of the optional components that you use in your environment.

Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect V3

Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect V3 is a powerful add-on feature designed to support Palm and Pocket PC devices. Once this feature is enabled and running, users will always have access to current information on their corporate servers. The timed synchronization sessions enabled by this feature help your users feel like the delivery of information is truly automatic.

Automatic Synchronization eliminates much of the user involvement in the synchronization process by automating the synchronization between handheld devices and corporate servers. Users no longer have to manually click-and-sync to get their latest e-mail, PIM, and database information.

Automatic Synchronization can dramatically improve productivity of handheld device users and allow them a more "desktop-like" experience. It also allows users to customize their synchronization options for e-mail, PIM, and other ODCB data. Users can control:

  • How often synchronization happens (as often as every minute)
  • Which items should be synchronized (e-mail, calendar, contacts, or tasks)
  • Which connection type they prefer (automatic detection can be selected or the user can choose their preferred connection type, such as cradle, or RF)
  • Device power management to avoid draining the battery to a critical state

A key function of Automatic Synchronization is the quick-mail feature which optimizes e-mail delivery for wireless devices. With quick-mail, a full synchronization session is not required. When the device "wakes up," it checks the server to see if any new e-mail has arrived. If there is nothing new, the connection automatically closes. If new mail has arrived, the device retrieves it and delivers it to the user. This minimizes connection time and can reduce costs.

Automatic Synchronization supports Palm, Pocket PC, and Windows CE devices.

Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect V3

This innovative add-on feature is available in conjunction with Automatic Synchronization.

Automatic Delivery allows users to receive e-mail automatically and in real time. This concept of "push" technology provides virtually instant delivery of information from the server to the client.

Automatic Delivery monitors user mailboxes for new e-mail. When a message arrives, a notification is sent to the device via the mechanism supported by that device. A Mobile Connect client process of the device intercepts this notification and gets the data from the Mobile Connect V3 server. If the user has notifications enabled, a visual or audible notification will occur upon receipt of the message. Once enabled, Automatic Delivery enables new e-mail to be sent to the device automatically.

Palm i705 integrated wireless devices are supported by Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect.

The Mobile Connect V3 administrator can control:

  • How often to attempt to send a notification to the device
  • How much of the e-mail is to be sent initially (the user can retrieve more of the message at a later time)
  • Attachment options such as whether to send and the threshold of attachment size

For more technical details, refer to the Technical Information section in this announcement, contact your IBM Pervasive Computing specialist or authorized Business Partner, or visit the Pervasive Computing Web site at:

Product Positioning

IBM Mobile Connect V3 replaces IBM Mobile Connect V2.5, the previous release of this product. Mobile Connect V3 includes all the functionality of V2.5 as well as many enhancements.

Mobile Connect V3 is intended for businesses that want to enable their users to access their e-mail and PIM services through wireless devices, as well as continue to support local wired or cabled access. Mobile Connect V3 is an excellent way for a company to begin integrating mobile devices into their business environment and e-business environment.

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

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Offering Information

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Publications

No printed publications are provided with this product. Product documentation is included with the program software for viewing and printing by the customer.

Technical Information

Hardware Requirements

Mobile Connect V3 requires:

  • Pentium® 166 minimum; higher processor required for larger installations
  • 64 MB RAM minimum; more required for larger installations
  • 100 MB of available disk space for server software plus 4 MB for each defined user
  • TCP/IP LAN connect

The exact system and disk space requirements may vary depending on the number of users and components to be supported in each customer environment.

Supported Client Devices:

  • Pocket PC 2000 or 2002

For the most current information about supported devices, mobile e-business, and a wide variety of topics related to Mobile Connect V3 and pervasive computing, contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner, or visit the following Web sites:

Software Requirements

Mobile Connect V3 servers require one of the following:

  • Windows NT® Server 4.0 with Service Pack 6A, or later
  • Windows® 2000 with Service Pack 2
  • Windows XP

Mobile devices require one of the following:

  • Palm OS 3.1, 3.1H3, 3.5, 3.5H2, or 4.0 on devices with 4 MB of memory
  • Pocket PC 2000 or 2002
  • Windows CE V2.11 or V3.0
  • Symbian platform (EPOC32, Symbian R6)

Mobile Device Databases

Palm Computing

  • DB2® Everyplace™
  • Palm PIM applications
  • Structured .PDB flat files
  • Satellite forms

Microsoft™ Windows CE

  • DB2 Everyplace
  • ADOCE
  • CEDB (Object Store)
  • Pocket Outlook applications

Connectivity

Local Access

  • Cable or cradle
  • Infrared
  • LAN
  • WAN

Remote Access

  • 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, and Nextel's iDEN standards
  • CDPD

Groupware/Internet Servers

  • Microsoft Exchange 5.5/2000
  • Lotus® Domino™ 4.5, 4.6, or R5
  • Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) V3
  • Internet Messaging Access Protocol (IMAP) V4
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)
  • Web Calendar Access Protocol/Internet Calendar Server (WCAP/iCAL) V2.1

Database Servers

  • 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

Additional Information for Optional Components

  • Mobile Connect V3 is a prerequisite for either of the optional components; therefore, neither Automatic Synchronization or Automatic Synchronization and Automatic Delivery can be obtained as a stand-alone product.
  • Licensing for each optional component must be acquired in a quantity equal to the number of users of that component. The combined total number of the component licenses must not be greater than the number of licenses for the Mobile Connect V3 program.
  • Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect requires Palm INETLIB.
  • Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect supports Palm i705 integrated wireless devices.

Planning Information

For more information about Mobile Connect V3, visit the Pervasive Computing Web site at:

Click on "Tools and Resources" and "Support and Downloads" for helpful information and contacts.

For customers requesting assistance with the planning, implementation, configuration, or integration of Mobile Connect, trained personnel are available from IBM Global Services and from designated Business Partners. Contact information is available on the Pervasive Computing site mentioned above.

Customer Responsibilities: Customers are responsible for acquiring any systems requirements or additional software products that may be needed for their specific environments. They are also responsible for implementing any security measures that are appropriate for their organization.

Direct Customer Support: Direct customer support is provided as part of Passport Advantage Software Maintenance that is provided according to the terms of the Passport Advantage Agreement. This support service can enhance customers' productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organization. It provides help with answers to questions pertaining to usage, and suspected software defects for eligible products.

Information about support, including the Software Support Guide, is available at:

Packaging: Mobile Connect V3 is available to entitled Passport Advantage customers via electronic download from the Passport Web site and as a CD-ROM media pack.

Ordering Information

If you are not a Passport customer, contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner, or visit the Passport Advantage site at:

The charge structure of Mobile Connect V3 is different than previous releases. Mobile Connect V2.5 used a matrix of required value units with a minimum of 10 users. Mobile Connect V3 implements a simpler structure that includes a one-time-charge per user with a minimum of one user.

Placing An Order

To order Mobile Connect V3, decide how many users are to be entitled, then order one of the LIC/SW Maintenance Passport Advantage part numbers in a quantity equal to that number of users. "Users" refers to the users listed, that is, registered, in the program. It does not mean concurrent users.

Ordering Optional Components

Mobile Connect V3 is required as a base for either of the optional components (Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect V3 or Automatic Synchronization and Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect V3). You may order either optional component, or a combination of both components, in a quantity equal to the total number of users you entitle to use the Mobile Connect V3 program. For example, if you license 1,000 users for Mobile Connect V3, the combined total number of users for the optional components may not exceed 1,000.

Order the applicable Passport Advantage component part number in a quantity equal to the number of users you want to entitle to use the component. The combined total of optional component licenses may not exceed the total number of Mobile Connect V3 program licenses.

Mobile Connect V2.5 Customers

Eligible Mobile Connect V2.5 customers will receive Mobile Connect V3 according to the terms of their Passport Advantage Agreement. The number of licensed users will remain the same as for V2.5.

To ensure that each customer continues to have the correct number of user licenses after the transition from V2.5 value units to V3 one-time-charge structure, IBM has reviewed each customer's Passport Advantage account. If there is a question about the number of licensed users, contact your IBM Pervasive Computing representative or authorized Business Partner. If you want to license additional users or if you want to license users for the optional components, simply order the applicable part numbers in a quantity equal to the number of users.

Passport Advantage

                                        Part
Description                             Number
 
IBM Mobile Connect V3
 LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV                   D51GWLL
 LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV                   D51GXLL
 SW MAINT RNWL                          E00E8LL
 SW MAINT AFT LIC                       D51GYLL

Additional Options

Automatic Synchronization for Mobile Connect V3

                                        Part
Description                             Number
 
LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV                    D51GTLL
LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV                    D51GULL
SW MAINT RNWL                           E00E7LL
SW MAINT AFT LIC                        D51GVLL

Automatic Synchronization and Automatic Delivery for Mobile Connect V3

                                        Part
Description                             Number
 
LIC/SW MAINT 1 ANNIV                    D51GQLL
LIC/SW MAINT 2 ANNIV                    D51GRLL
SW MAINT RNWL                           E00E5LL
SW MAINT AFT LIC                        D51GSLL

Passport Advantage Media Packs

                                        Part
Description                             Number
 
IBM Mobile Connect V3 (English)         BK01NNA
Optional Add-on Components:
 Automatic Synchronization for          BK01PNA
  Mobile Connect V3
 Automatic Synchronization and          BK01QNA
  Automatic Delivery for
  Mobile Connect V3

Terms and Conditions

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement (IPLA). Proofs of Entitlement are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

License Information Form Number: The IBM license agreement (IPLA) and License Information (LI) are included as part of the program software. These license documents are presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program. The license and LI will be stored in a directory such as LICENSE.TXT for future reference.

Limited Warranty: Yes

Program Services: Available until December 31, 2003

Money-Back Guarantee: If for any reason you are dissatisfied with the Program, return it within 30 days from the invoice date, to the party (either IBM or its reseller) from whom you acquired it, for a refund. This applies only to your first acquisition of the Program.

Copy and Use on Home/Portable Computer: No

Volume Orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage Applies: Yes, and through the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Software Maintenance Applies: Yes

Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Subscription and Technical Support, is now included in the Passport Advantage Agreement. Installation and technical support for the product announced in this letter are provided by the Software Maintenance offering of the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement. This fee service enhances customer productivity by providing voice and electronic access into the IBM support organizations.

IBM includes Software Maintenance with each program acquired during the Coverage Period. Coverage Period means the period commencing on the date you acquire the program up to the first or second Anniversary Date, depending on whether you acquired coverage for one or two anniversaries. The Coverage Period for Software Maintenance acquired in the two months preceding an Anniversary Date will be extended to the next applicable Anniversary Date.

While your Software Maintenance is in effect: IBM provides you assistance for your routine, short-duration installation and usage (how-to) questions, and code-related questions. IBM provides assistance via telephone and, if available, electronic access, only to your information systems (IS) technical support personnel during the normal business hours (published prime shift hours) of your IBM support center. This assistance is not available to your end users. IBM provides Severity 1 assistance 24 hours a day, every day of the year. For details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide

Software Maintenance does not include assistance for the design and development of applications, your use of programs in other than their specified operating environment, or failures caused by products for which IBM is not responsible under this Agreement.

For more information about the Passport Advantage Agreement, refer to the IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement Software Announcement 201-202 , dated July 10, 2001, or visit the Passport Advantage Web site at:

IBM Operational Support Services — Support Line: No

Other Support: Passport Advantage

AIX®/UNIX® Upgrade Protection Applies: No

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

iSeries Software Subscription Applies: No

Variable Charges Apply: No

Educational Allowance: Not applicable

Prices

The cost of Mobile Connect V3 and the optional components depends on the discount level and the terms of the Passport Advantage Agreement. Contact your IBM representative or authorized Business Partner for more information, or visit your Passport Advantage Web site.

Passport Advantage: For Passport Advantage and charges, contact your authorized IBM Lotus Business Partner. Additional information is also available on the Passport Advantage Web site at:

Customer Financing: IBM Global Financing offers attractive financing to credit-qualified commercial and government customers and Business Partners to assist them in acquiring IT solutions. Offerings, rates, terms, and availability can vary by country. Contact your local IBM Global Financing organization or visit the Web at:

Use the "Select a Country" menu to find a contact in your location.

Trademarks

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