IBM Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition — Enterprise Offering V5.8 can extend business applications to desktops and laptops

IBM United States Software Announcement 204-300
December 7, 2004

 

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TOC link At a glance TOC link Offering information
TOC link Overview TOC link Publications
TOC link Key prerequisites TOC link Technical information
TOC link Planned availability dates TOC link Ordering information
TOC link Description TOC link Terms and conditions
TOC link Product positioning TOC link Prices
TOC link Reference information  
 
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At a glance

IBM Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition — Enterprise Offering (WCTME-EO) V5.8 is a run-time environment with integrated middleware components. This is an integrated offering that:

  • Can help extend many enterprise applications to server-managed laptop computers and desktop systems
  • Integrates components from other IBM products, such as DB2® Everyplace™ (DB2e), WebSphere Message Queue (MQe), and Services Management Framework (SMF)
  • Provides a services oriented framework for use by network and system administrators
  • Can operate with Windows™ 2000 Professional, Windows XP, or Red Hat Enterprise Linux™ V3.0 operating systems
  • Can work in conjunction with WebSphere and WebSphere Everyplace products

 
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Overview

Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition — Enterprise Offering (WCTME-EO) V5.8 expands the IBM Workplace family of products.

WCTME-EO is a software program that provides a run-time environment and integrated middleware components for extending many enterprise applications to server-managed laptop computers and desktop systems. It also provides a client-side services-oriented framework that can enable applications to run locally while the system is disconnected from the network, and can synchronize data, transactions, and applications once the system is reconnected. It also provides client management services that can be used by network and system administrators to deploy, maintain, update, and even remove software from end-user machines, with minimal end-user intervention.

The services that WCTME-EO provide are segmented into three main categories:

  • Interaction services correspond to the way end users provide input and receive output from the system.
  • Access services provide the middleware software that can connect the client desktop or laptop system to various enterprise business processes (data, transactions, applications).
  • Client management services can install or update software on, remove software from, or manage the software deployed to single or groups of laptop computers and desktop systems.

Today, enterprises and mobile workforces are using a diverse array of devices to meet their individual needs. IBM delivers a comprehensive end-to-end software-to-services offering by combining a proven run-time environment with middleware software components and server integration.

For more information about WCTME-EO and other products in the Workplace and WebSphere® product families, contact an IBM Pervasive Computing representative or authorized IBM Business Partner, or visit the following Web sites


 
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Key prerequisites

Refer to the Technical information section for details.


 
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Planned availability dates
  • December 8, 2004: Electronic software delivery
  • December 17, 2004: Media and documentation

 
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Description

Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition — Enterprise Offering (WCTME-EO) V5.8 is a run-time environment with integrated middleware components. It can enable the extension of many enterprise applications to server-managed laptop computers and desktop systems. WCTME-EO also includes a client-side services oriented framework that can be used by network and system administrators to deploy, maintain, update, and even remove software from end-user machines, with minimal end-user intervention.

WCTME-EO is supported when running on Windows XP SP1®, Windows 2000 Professional SP4, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux V3.0 WS with GTK, or later. To discuss the possibility of using WCTME-EO on other platforms or on a particular system, contact your IBM Pervasive Computing sales or technical specialist.

Workplace Client Technology is also available on selected PDAs, smart phones, and other pervasive devices. For more information about Workplace Client Technology, WCTME-EO, and a variety of topics about pervasive computing and devices, contact an IBM Pervasive Computing representative or authorized Business Partner. Information is also available on the following Web sites

WCTME-EO provides three categories of services: interaction, access, and client-managed.

Interaction services

To provide a comprehensive Workplace environment, WCTME-EO utilizes a Rich Client Platform (RCP) user interface which provides an end-user workbench where various applications can plug in. Built on top of Eclipse technology, this workbench provides APIs, such as the Standard Widget Toolkit (SWT) and JFace, that can help enable the creation of new Workplace applications. Eclipse is an award-winning, open source platform for the construction of powerful software development tools and rich desktop applications. More information about Eclipse can be found at

WCTME-EO provides the capability to tie together multiple sources of information (data, transactions, applications) in order to keep the information in the context of what the end user is doing at the moment. This can help reduce distractions, help provide focus on the task at hand, and help increase productivity.

Users need an interface that is intuitive and in tune with the work they are performing. As information is expedited from where it is created to where it is needed, the requirement also grows for interaction that frees end users from distractions. This has become increasingly important as the industry moves toward the Workplace programming model. This model allows several forms of input and output, such as native user interface, browser, voice, text, and multimodal, to be utilized simultaneously in the same application.

WCTME-EO can help enable multiple modes of end user interaction to assist in the creation of applications that expedite information through business processes.

  • The Rich Client Platform user interface can provide a desktop workbench into which various applications plug in. This can enable the development team to build combinations of applications that are tailored to the needs of different types of users, such as customer service representatives, mobile sales forces, or executives.
  • Browser-based applications are also possible, utilizing a subset of the Java™ 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) programming model for application development. Embedded servlets and embedded Java Server Pages (eJSPs) can enable client browsers to render content, without the need of server connectivity.

Access services

Mobile employees, customers, and suppliers want access to information wherever they are located, regardless if they are connected to the network or not. Instant access to enterprise data, transactions, and applications can help accelerate business processes. WCTME-EO preserves the WebSphere programming model and uses well established industry standard APIs and middleware to extend business processes across wire line, wireless, and cellular networks.

WCTME-EO can provide the infrastructure for storing information and for executing applications on client laptops or desktop systems, without the need for continuous server connectivity. By running application logic locally, without need for connectivity, the network lag can be minimized and application responsiveness to the user can be greatly enhanced. When a connection to the server is available, WCTME-EO can then synchronize the data, transactions, or applications.

WCTME-EO provides the following access services:

  • Java services that are enabled through the integration of a J2SE Java Compatible run-time environment. This can enable applications to run locally, which helps avoid network latency and can provide faster response.
  • Web services support that can enable content that is hosted throughout the network (news, weather, sports, finance, and others), to be easily accessed from the client. By integrating a Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) client into the platform, the same server APIs such as SOAP, Universal Description Discovery and Integration (UDDI), and Web Services Descriptor Language (WSDL), can also be used to extend business integration systems to mobile laptops and intermittently connected desktop clients.
  • Relational database access that delivers the capability for devices to store data locally onto the device for later synchronization with the server. This can enable data to be stored locally when the client is disconnected from the network, then when connectivity is achieved, information can be forwarded appropriately to the server. Even if a device loses power or a connection is lost, the data stored locally is not lost. WCTME-EO includes DB2e as the local relational database.
  • Assured messaging that can enable devices to queue messages on the device and then forward them onto the server when a connection becomes available. This provides function that can enable financial transactions and workflow applications. WCTME-EO includes MQe as a messaging client to enable this functionality.
  • Assured messaging that can enable devices to queue messages on the device and then forward them onto the server when a connection becomes available. WCTME-EO includes MQe as a messaging client to enable this functionality. This feature also provides function that can enable financial transactions and workflow applications on connected client laptop and desktop systems.

By using the same APIs that are used widely within the industry today, the Workplace Client Technology preserves the WebSphere and Eclipse programming models and can enable developers to build, test, and deploy applications based on their currently available skill sets. This can reduce risk while simultaneously speeding the time to market for new and innovative applications that can help improve end-user productivity.

Client management services

Some devices can last for years, but most software is continually updated. Client management services provides the ability to remotely install, update, maintain, and remove applications or middleware on end-user devices. This can enable system administrators to push applications from the server out to the devices.

The APIs that assist developers in the creation, testing, and deployment of server-managed software to intermittently connected devices include:

  • Platform management extensions can enable software bundles to be installed, updated, maintained, and withdrawn from pervasive devices. This service is enabled by IBM Service Management Framework, IBM's implementation of the industry standard OSGi Services Platform. This technology can provide for the network delivery and management of applications and services.
  • Systems management extensions can enable system administrators to monitor and control the loads of software on specific devices. Network administrators can customize software loads for individuals or groups of individuals, such as a sales force. This service is provided by the Tivoli® Device Management Agent, which is integrated into WCTME-EO.

 
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Product positioning

WCTME-EO V5.8 is a significant addition to the IBM Workplace family of products. It provides a platform that can enable end-to-end device-to-server solutions for deploying business processes out to server-managed desktops and laptops.

This programming model supports the creation of new and compelling functions, and can help quickly extend many existing enterprise applications onto server-managed client desktop and laptop computers.

WCTME-EO provides a run-time environment with the following middleware components integrated to work together at optimal levels:

  • DB2 Everyplace (DB2e)
  • WebSphere Message Queue Everyplace (MQe)
  • Service Management Framework (SMF)

WCTME-EO has been successfully tested with:

  • DB2e Enterprise V8.2
  • WebSphere Application Server V5.0.2.3
  • WebSphere MQe V2.0.1.7
  • WebSphere Everyplace Device Manager V5.1

WCTME-EO can be used in conjunction with other WebSphere and WebSphere Everyplace products. For example, WebSphere Studio Device Developer V5.7.1 can be used to develop and deploy applications to WCTME-EO. Both of these products provide samples and examples of applications to assist developers in creating and deploying applications.

For enterprises, WCTME-EO provides the infrastructure to extend many existing business applications and resources to server-managed desktop and laptop systems. This can enable workforce mobility applications, where employees and Business Partners can share enterprise information such as existing billing and plant floor control systems.

For integrators and ISVs, WCTME-EO takes a Java run-time environment and adds integrated middleware that can extend many existing applications and enable the creation of mobile solutions. Offerings are optimized for end-to-end solutions and oriented toward server-to-device connectivity, services delivery, and management. WCTME-EO can enable you — as an integrator — to respond quickly to changing market realities and consumer demand. How? The platform uses industry standards and middleware to provide you with a run-time environment, a comprehensive set of APIs, and middleware.

WCTME-EO V5.8 (5724-L00) is a companion product, not a replacement product, for Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition (WCTME) V5.7. WCTME V5.7 (5724-D48) provides the tools to build applications and separate run-time environments for Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs) such as PalmOne Tungsten C and Compaq Ipaq 5550.

WCTME-EO V5.8 is the first release of this product. It is not an upgrade from any previously announced IBM product.

To find IBM product announcements and additional product information, visit the following IBM Web sites

The WCTME Newsgroup may be accessed through the following site

The following sites provide information designed for developers and Business Partners


 
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Reference information

Refer to Software Announcement 204-174 , dated July 27, 2004.

Trademarks

 
Everyplace and developerWorks are trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
WebSphere, DB2, SP1, Tivoli, and PartnerWorld are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
 
Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both
 
Other company, product, and service names may be trademarks or service marks of others.

 
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Offering information

Product information is available via the Offering Information Web site

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® Web site


 
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Publications

There are no printed publications shipped with this product. Documentation is included in softcopy with the program software for view and/or printing by the customer.

The IBM Publications Center

The Publications Center is a worldwide central repository for IBM product publications and marketing material with a catalog of 70,000 items. Extensive search facilities are provided. Payment options for orders are via credit card (in the U.S.) or customer number for 50 countries. A large number of publications are available online in various file formats, and they can all be downloaded by all countries free of charge.

The IBM Publications Notification System (PNS)

PNS enables subscribers to set up profiles of interest by order number/product number. PNS subscribers automatically receive e-mail notifications of all new publications defined in their profiles. These may then be ordered/downloaded from the Publications Center.

The PNS site is available in English and Canadian French.
 
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Technical information

Specified operating environment

Hardware requirements

Minimum hardware configuration for Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition — Enterprise Offering (WCTME-EO) V5.8:

  • A computer system suitable for running one of the supported operating systems
  • Minimum of an Intel™ Pentium™ III 500 MHz processor or equivalent (1.0 GHz recommended)
  • 256 MB RAM (512 MB recommended; more if the ISV applications require additional memory)
  • A display adapter setting of at least 256 colors and 800x600 resolution or higher (1024x768 resolution recommended)
  • 150 MB disk space to run WCTME-EO
  • TCP/IP communication configured and running

Software requirements

WCTME-EO V5.8 requires one of the following operating systems:

  • Windows™ 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows XP SP1®
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux™ V3.0 WS with GTK, or later

Limitations

  • The components from other products that are integrated into WCTME-EO are licensed for use only in the context of WCTME-EO. These components cannot be deployed or redistributed separately.
  • A separate license for WCTME-EO is required for each processor (desktop system or laptop) on which applications that utilize WCTME-EO are deployed. For example, if a customer wants to deploy applications that utilize WCTME-EO to the 50 laptops that their sales team uses, they should order the WCTME-EO license in a quantity of 50.

Planning information

Customer responsibilities: Customers are responsible for acquiring any systems requirements and software products that may be needed for their specific environments. They are also responsible for implementing any security measures that are appropriate for their organizations.

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

Packaging: WCTME-EO V5.8 is available via Passport Advantage electronic download and on CD-ROMs in a Passport Advantage media pack.

No printed publications or manuals are included in the media pack. However, a user's guide and an application developer's guide are included in the program software for viewing and printing by the customer.

The program contains the applicable IBM license agreement and licensing information (LI). These licensing documents will be presented for acceptance at the time of installation of the program, then stored in a file such as LICENSE.TXT for future reference.

Security, auditability, and control

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

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Product information

Licensed                   Product              Product
function title             group                category
 
Workplace Client           IBM Pervasive        WebSphere(R)
 Technology Micro           Computing            Studio Device
 Edition Enterprise         Division             Developer
 Offering

WCTME-EO charge structure and licensing are based on processor installs. There is a one-time charge for a license to install WCTME-EO on one desktop or laptop processor.

A separate license for WCTME-EO is required for each desktop or laptop processor on which WCTME-EO applications are utilized. For example, if a customer wants to deploy applications that utilize WCTME-EO to 50 laptop computers for their sales representatives, the customer must acquire 50 licenses for WCTME-EO. This is done by ordering the Passport Advantage part number for WCTME-EO license + 12 months software maintenance in a quantity of 50.

V5.8 is the first version/release of WCTME-EO. No previous products are eligible for a no-charge upgrade according to the terms of IBM Passport Advantage.

Workplace Client Technology, Micro Edition — Enterprise Offering

Passport Advantage program licenses

Part                                              Part
description                                       number
 
WCTME-EO 5.8.1 Per Processor                      D54PVLL
 License and SW Maintenance 12
 Months
WCTME-EO 5.8.1 Per Processor SW                   D54PWLL
 Maintenance Reinstatement 12
 Months
WCTME-EO 5.8.1 Per Processor SW                   E01MWLL
 Maintenance Annual Renewal

Passport Advantage supply

Program name/                                     Part
description                                       number
 
WCTME-EO V5.8.1
Media Pack -- Multilingual,                       BK046ML
 CD-ROM Digital Disk -- ISO 9660
 Standard V5.8.1

Passport Advantage customer: Media pack entitlement details

This is the first generally available release of WCTME-EO; therefore, there are no previously announced products that are eligible for a Passport Advantage no-charge upgrade to WCTME-EO.
 
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Terms and conditions

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

Licensing: IBM International Program License Agreement. Proofs of Entitlement (PoEs) 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.

This software license includes Software Maintenance, previously referred to as Software Subscription and Technical Support.

License information form number

Program                        Program             Form
name                           number              number
 
WCTME -- Enterprise            5724-L00            L-BKOI-6575X9
 Offering

Limited warranty applies: Yes

Warranty: This program has warranty for a minimum of one year from acquisition from IBM or authorized IBM Business Partner. The warranty provided to the customer, for at least one year from acquisition, is access to databases (read Web sites) for program information and FAQs, including any known fixes to defects, which the customer can download or obtain otherwise and install at leisure.

Program technical support: Technical support of a program product will be available for a minimum of three years from the general availability date, as long as your Software Maintenance is in effect. This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Software Maintenance also provides you with access to updates, releases, and versions of the program. Customers will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

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: Yes

Volume orders (IVO): No

Passport Advantage applies: Yes and through the Passport Advantage Web site at

Usage restriction: Yes

WCTME-EO (the program) includes other software products and components. The program and some of these components may include unique terms and conditions, in addition to the terms and conditions of the International Program License Agreement (IPLA) and IBM Passport Advantage. A separate license is required for each desktop or laptop processor that utilizes an WCTME-EO application.

The product components that are integrated into WCTME-EO, including Java™ run-time environment, DB2e, SMF, and MQe, are licensed only for use in the context of WCTME-EO and cannot be deployed or redistributed separately.

Unique terms and conditions are included in the License Information (LI) that is provided with the WCTME-EO program. On or near the same date as the planned availability of the program, the basic IBM licensing agreement and the LI for the program will be available for review on the IBM Software License Agreement Web site

If purchased outside of Passport Advantage, the program is not warranted, support is not provided, and the terms of the IPLA, LI, and Passport Advantage do not apply.

Software Maintenance applies: Yes

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

IBM includes one year of Software Maintenance with the initial license acquisition of each program acquired. The initial period of Software Maintenance can be extended by the purchase of a renewal option that is available.

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 additional details, consult your IBM Software Support Guide at

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

iSeries™ software subscription applies: No

Educational allowance available: Not applicable
 
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Prices

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner. Additional information is also available at

Trademarks

 
iSeries is a trademark of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Passport Advantage, SP1, and WebSphere are registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both.
 
Intel and Pentium are trademarks of Intel Corporation.
 
Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corporation.
 
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Linux is a trademark of Linus Torvalds in the United States, other countries or both
 
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