Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) and Oracle Corporation (Nasdaq: ORCL) today announced the first release of MObileBlueprint Version 1.0, a reference blueprint designed to help customers, such as carriers, Internet service providers, enterprises and application vendors create mobile e-business applications and deliver them to a growing selection of wireless Internet communication devices around the world. This collaboration between these two industry leaders will provide a systematic framework for customers to deliver existing e-business applications quickly and easily to a broader wireless market, and reduce time and cost for those customers that wish to develop new e-business applications intended for wireless devices.
Using five key components -- WAP and Voice Server interoperability validation, a Wireless Internet Platform core, an application development environment, configuration/deployment guidelines, and system requirements -- MObileBlueprint will help carriers, Internet service providers and enterprise customers create an open-standards UNIX-based platform for wireless applications with the security, reliability and scalability associated with Motorola's and Oracle's leading technologies.
"Motorola and Oracle are committed to developing wireless voice and data platforms and applications that meet the critical communication needs of enterprises around the world," said Janiece Webb, senior vice president and general manager of Motorola's Personal Networks Group. "Pairing Motorola's leading Internet wireless technology with Oracle's Internet software capabilities will provide businesses with creative solutions that improve productivity and allow for flexibility in the lives of mobile workers."
The first of the five key components -- the validation of the Motorola WAP and Voice Servers with Oracle9i(r) Application Server Wireless Edition -- is expected to be completed in early 2001, followed in summer 2001 by the remaining four key components, including the creation of a wireless Internet platform core based on key technologies from each company. This wireless Internet platform core will integrate key elements of Motorola's Mobile Internet Exchange(r) (MIX), including WAP & Voice Servers, TrueSync(r) SyncML Server, and the Operations, Administration & Maintenance (OA&M) core, with Oracle9i AS Wireless Edition, including the Oracle8i(r) Database and Oracle(r) Internet Directory. The application development environment, configuration/deployment guideline, and system requirement components are also expected to be completed by summer, 2001.
"This unique development blueprint and subsequent wireless enterprise applications will help create new business opportunities for our customers worldwide," said Michael Rocha, senior vice president, Platform Technologies Division, Oracle. "This collaboration with Motorola not only allows us to extend our enterprise offerings to the wireless market, but will also allow us to increase the speed and ease of deployment for our customers, and lower their overall cost of using our joint technologies."
This announcement represents an extension of an ongoing alliance between the two companies, announced in February 2000, when OracleMobile, a division of Oracle that builds and hosts wireless applications for businesses, began using Motorola's MIX platform as part of their hosting services. The MObileBlueprint alliance will continue to encompass joint technology, marketing and business development.
MObileBlueprint Version 1.0 from Oracle and Motorola will define an architecture and a set of guidelines for the design and implementation of wireless applications delivery systems and for the development of the applications themselves. MObileBlueprint will also provide application vendors with application development kits based on each company's technologies. The MObileBlueprint solution was created to provide a systematic framework for wireless carriers, Internet service providers and application developers who must address the challenges of interconnecting disparate subsystems, while providing their end users with the most reliable and scalable wireless business applications possible. By leveraging core technologies from Motorola and Oracle, MObileBlueprint enables the creation of an "untethered" enterprise, featuring reduced complexity, increased flexibility, and increased manageability for the mobile business professional (a.k.a. "road warrior").
MObileBlueprint Version 1.0's overall architecture roadmap can be previewed immediately at www.MObileBlueprint.com. This website -- jointly operated by the two companies -- will be updated as each key component of the architecture is implemented and released. The validation of the Motorola WAP and Voice Servers with Oracle9i Application Server Wireless Edition is expected to be completed in early 2001, scheduled to be followed in Summer 2001 by the remaining four key components.
In addition, a joint Motorola and Oracle development center located in Redwood Shores, CA is scheduled to be open in January 2001 for future testing and validation of products.
Joint Marketing and Business Development
Motorola and Oracle plan to complement this joint technology development by teaming up to "mobilize" the developer community to create innovative wireless enterprise applications, through joint marketing and business development activities. Tapping into expertise in the areas of WAP, VoiceXML, SyncML and Bluetooth, the companies together will drive the creation of innovative e-business applications that function on a broad range of wireless devices, such as Web-enabled phones, two-way personal information communicators and personal digital assistants (PDAs). The ability to manage inventory, sales orders and financial transactions "on-the-go," using wireless Internet devices, represents the future of mobile business applications. Motorola and Oracle plan to commit resources -- including financial support, technology resources and field engineering personnel -- in an effort to make these new enterprise applications a reality for corporations worldwide.