Friday, April 19, 2002

Enterprise Syncing Software

Steven Grove from Harold Brittingham
Memorial Library in Cleveland Ohio, needs to know if any health systems are using
enterprise level level systems like Pumatech.
According to their website, Pumatech
"provides organizations with a comprehensive suite of enterprise-level software products and services that deliver highly relevant information - wherever and whenever it's needed. The company's portfolio makes Pumatech a single resource, providing the infrastructure necessary to expand the boundaries of information. Organizations can choose to use Pumatech's ready-made enterprise offerings, or they can leverage Pumatech's professional services team to create custom solutions built upon Pumatech's core enterprise platform. Pumatech's customer and strategic partner base includes Global 2000 companies such as Siebel, Oracle, Yahoo!, NTT DoCoMo, Boeing, CNET and General Motors. The company has headquarters in Silicon Valley, Tokyo and London. Pumatech offers more information on its products and services at www.pumatech.com."

If you have any information, please send it to Steven Grove at sgrove@metrohealth.org
or to me at lbell927@yahoo.com and I will post it to this blog.

What an interesting company and applications! I was talking to another medical librarian
today and they are using infrared hotsyncing, but this does not work well for
profile-based programs like Epocrates. This librarian said that some libraries are having
medical students carry a zip disk with their profile on it so they can hotsync from anywhere.

This brings up an interesting and definite challenge libraries will have to face very soon: delivery
and format of documents to the handheld or tablet. What influence could librarians have in the
development of an application which would take the best of all kinds of document formatting so
that you did not have to create every document in a number of formats and the application developed
could read something of all kinds of formats? Handstory
seemed to be addressing this in offering a program that read a number of document types.
Has anyone else run across any other good document delivery programs in addition to this,
avantgo, and others?

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