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Press Release 2001

November 2001 - Zeosoft Launches Wireless P2P (Server-on-handheld-device) Technology

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Zeosoft, a businessware company bringing networked mobile servers to business, today announced a revolutionary product suite designed to significantly enhance the business and consumer value of wireless handheld computing devices. The suite of components, tools and developer frameworks is packaged in two products, which allow for development, deployment and management of wireless applications. The fully integrated products include ZeoSphere, the first lightweight application server for wireless handheld computing devices, and ZeoFusion, an enterprise-based distributed decision flow and inference engine.

"We have been successful in turning wireless PDAs into mobile application servers, which will play well in the enterprise business market," said Michael Huestis, Zeosoft chief technology officer and senior vice president of marketing and sales. "Zeosoft's software suite is a natural extension of business processes to handheld wireless devices. Based on our inspection of numerous industries, we see this development having unlimited applications in a variety of markets."

ZeoSphere is designed for Windows CE and EPOC operating systems and allows direct device-to-device data queries and application requests with or without a connection to the enterprise. ZeoSphere's open standards architecture - which supports CORBA, Java, SOAP - is designed to:

  • Allow wireless software deployment to handheld devices (server or client)
  • Allow remote administration of server and deployed applications
  • Interact with device-resident third-party micro databases
  • Support a device resident rules and inference engine

ZeoFusion enables true end-to-end enterprise process integration. It allows enterprise computing systems to extend processes and make requests to handheld devices where device-resident processing occurs. It also permits ZeoSphere enabled handheld devices to make enterprise requests, which can invoke enterprise-based processes or queries. ZeoFusion utilizes an integrated rules and inference engine to intelligently interact with both the enterprise and handheld device.

IDC (International Data Corporation) predicts that the worldwide mobile middleware market is ready for enormous growth. Revenue in this industry is expected to explode at a compound annual growth rate of 61 percent, from $137 million in 2000 to nearly $1.5 billion in 2005. Zeosoft expects to take advantage of this growth market by establishing ZeoSphere and ZeoFusion as the technology standards in the mobile middleware market. Organizations will benefit by being able to create secure mobile ad hoc server networks, facilitate full n-tier peer-to-peer and peer-to-enterprise application architecture and support wireless integration to legacy data and applications.

For more information: www.zeosoft.com

Mobileinfo Comments & Advisory: We can see limited set of applications in future that require wireless P2P technology on handheld devices. Zeosoft is truly stretching capabilities of P2P technology which is still in infancy even in the fixed line Internet world. There are lots of unknowns in this space and we hope that Zeosoft has a better handle on engineering wireless applications than we do. We see more problems than solutions emerging out of n-tier P2P architecture being extended to a platform that has limited memory, less powerful processor and functionally-deficient OS when compared to Windows NT and Unix. They might be shoe-horning too much functionality into a PDA. If you do this on a notebook, we can understand. If Zeosoft has inserted a pseudo or proxy server between the handheld and the enterprise server, we can see its utility. We would be happy if Zeosoft or somebody else tells us that we are wrong in our assessment.

Perhaps, CORBA, Java and SOAP implemented on a middleware server might have a place in future wireless application integration architecture. It is too soon and too embryonic to comment on the efficacy of this type of architecture. We advocate simplification of future wireless application architecture rather than making it more complex. Right place for this is in the application server but then that is domain of WebLogic, WebSphere, Oracle i9 Server and the likes. Zeosoft might be in for a tougher battle there.

Note: This news release may contain forward-looking statements. Readers should take appropriate caution in developing plans utilizing these products, services and technology architectures.  All trademarks used in this summary are the property of their respective owners.



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