The plug-in, named Colligo Enterprise Edition, is slated for fourth-quarter release. According to Barry Jinks, president and CEO of Colligo Networks Inc., the software is designed to take advantage of the "intermittent" mode in the three modes IBM Workplace is designed to cover: connected, disconnected and intermittent modes.
Colligo views "intermittent" as a description of when workers are disconnected from a network but connected to their coworkers, as would happen with a team of employees in the field—for example, a team of accountants on-site at a client location. In such a scenario, Colligo collaborators could replicate data back and forth via an Ethernet, wireless or any such IP connection.
Jinks described IBMs new Workplace offerings as being revolutionary in that the server-managed client architecture offers the total cost of ownership of a thin-client browser when youre not connected to the Internet.
"Thats important. We need a thick client on the desktop for people to use in the field," Jinks said in Vancouver. "With a browser-based architecture, like a portal, IT has the advantage of managing the software centrally. You can change it on the server, and its reflected immediately through the browser."
Colligo Enterprise Edition works with Outlook and Notes clients and also allows users to extend Windows and Palm operating systems so that collaborators can drag and drop files onto icons that represent their coworkers systems.
The companys instant-networking technology configures laptops to set up a local network that then sends out discovery packets, so that users can see which people and resources are on the network. Users can then share printers or Internet connections as well as update databases that are then replicated when they sync up.