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- Afaria Product Solution from XcelleNet -

Solution Sponsored by: XcelleNet
3820 Mansell Road, Suite 100
Alpharetta, GA 30022
Tel: 1-800-322-3366
General Information: 678-585-7300
Fax: 678-585-7301
Email: info@xcellenet.com

Solution Description
Your mobile workforce relies on handheld and mobile devices. At the same time, your IT staff faces the expensive and time-consuming challenge of managing those devices.

XcelleNet's Afaria product is the only complete solution that can manage laptops, PDAs, smart phones, RIM pagers, WinCE devices, and more. From a central location, you can keep devices running, deploy applications, check inventory, and provide automatic updates.

Features :

  • Automatically install and maintain business applications
  • Distribute and update content such as price lists, product information and sales data
  • Capture hardware and software configurations
  • And monitor and manage all your mobile devices from a central site

Product Schematic


Hardware & Software Requirements
Afaria supports Windows 32-bit Laptops, Palm, Windows CE, RIM Blackberry devices and Java systems.

XcelleNet Server Requirements :

  • Microsoft Windows NT 4.0 Server with Service Pack 6a or higher or Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft SQL Server® 7.0
  • Pentium® II class processor
  • 128MB RAM (in addition to the requirements of the operating system and other applications)
  • 100MB available disk space (additional space required for channel data)
  • Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC)® 2.1
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 4.01 with Service Pack 2 or higher

XcelleNet Handheld Client Requirements :

Palm Client :

  • Palm OS versions 3.0, 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 or 3.5
  • HotSync 3.0 or higher

Companion PCs for Palm Clients :

  • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000

Windows CE/Pocket PC Client :

  • Microsoft Windows CE® version 2.11 or higher
  • 8 MB memory
  • StrongArm, Hitachi SH-3 processor, MIPS and SH4
  • ActiveSync 3.0 or higher

Companion PCs for Windows CE Clients :

  • Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000

RIM Blackberry Client :

  • Any model running operating system version 1.6 or 2.0

Communications :

  • Supports TCP/IP or wireless IP
  • Supports two communications scenarios:
  • Handheld device directly to the Afaria server
  • Handheld device to the Afaria server via a companion PC (desktop/laptop)

Major Customers Using the Solution
Dun & Bradstreet (D&B) wanted to simplify data collection from its agent network of 24 million European businesses. To tackle this global effort, D&B chose Afaria to:

  • Connect the worldwide network of D&B data collection agents and systems to the corporate office
  • Automate data collection and distribution
  • Generate accurate and reliable results for forecasting and reporting
  • Cut communications costs associated with a traditional mode of collection

iPhysician Net, Inc. needed to provide large volumes of current information to an extensive physician network. They chose Afaria to:

  • Connect more efficiently using low-bandwidth connections
  • Facilitate real-time data exchange between doctors' offices and IPNI sales
  • Automate and customize information delivery

CLARK Material Handling Company, a forklift manufacturer, uses Afaria to keep its parts database current for 400 independent dealerships. Afaria:

  • Gives dealers access to an extensive parts database
  • Updates dealers' parts databases automatically and almost simultaneously as CLARK enters data
  • Automatically distributes and installs software changes to each CLARK forklift dealer
  • Enables faster order fulfillment
  • Provides hands-free systems maintenance for dealers, giving them more time to work with customers

Rule of Thumb Costs & Benefits
If you don't have an easy, automated way to manage your company's mobile computing devices, the chances are very high that you're duplicating your efforts and spending too much money on support and maintenance. Afaria automates and streamlines the management of mobile devices and the applications they support, increases efficiency, and lowers costs. And Afaria eradicates duplicated system administrative processes reducing expenses for your IT and help desk departments.

Benefits :

  • Leverage IT investment and reduce drain on IT and help desk resources
  • Speed problem-resolution, maintenance, and repair
  • Realize fast return on investment
  • Increase overall efficiency and productivity

Request a free copy of Afaria to manage your mobile systems. For details, go to: www.afaria.com/go/mobileinfo

Vendor Product Page URL: www.xcellenet.com/go/mobileinfo/products

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