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In Argentina, J2ME Embedded Database Helps Workers Connect via Smartphone

Argentina's Movimiento ATM has integrated the Perst Lite Java embedded database

In a major upgrade to its software as a service (SaaS) that connects companies with their field workforces, Argentina's Movimiento ATM has integrated the Perst Lite Java embedded database from McObject® in client software for roaming employees' BlackBerry, Nokia and other popular smartphones.

The use of Perst Lite helps keep users up-to-date through faster data access, and also enhances client software reliability, said Nicolas Rodrigo, Movimiento ATM general manager. Perst Lite also slashed the development time of Movimiento's new Salesforce Solution product by replacing "homegrown" data management code with a proven commercial, off-the-shelf (COTS) embedded database system, he said.

More and more companies are leveraging the "smarts" in advanced mobile phones to give field-based workers access to enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM) and other key corporate systems. Installing client software on employees' smartphones eliminates the need to carry - or to purchase - a laptop or other device.

But such deployment is made difficult by mobile devices' limited memory and CPU resources, and by the scarcity of database management systems (DBMSs) designed to run in the Java ME operating environment used in BlackBerry, Nokia and many other smartphones.

McObject developed Perst Lite as a highly efficient, open source database for Java ME (also known as Java 2, Micro Edition or J2ME). As an object-oriented embedded DBMS, Perst Lite stores and retrieves Java objects without the data translation required by relational (non-object) databases. Perst Lite offers features including transactions, built-in full text search, multiple underlying storage modes (JSR-75 file system or Java ME's record management system) and support for many types of database index, all with a minimal code "footprint" and fast performance. McObject offers Perst Lite for free download.

"We saved a significant amount of time in product development by using Perst Lite, and also improved on the software's speed in retrieving and storing records," Rodrigo said. "By integrating a Java ME database created by DBMS specialists, we can be even more focused on our own specialty of meeting customers' needs with a superior business mobility solution," he said.

In the new version of Movimiento ATM's Salesforce Solution, Perst Lite manages all customer records, presale routes, inventory, price lists and other data stored on users' smartphones. Movimiento's application synchs the local Perst Lite embedded database with a relational SQL master database, to update locally stored records. This automated transfer of information eliminates manual data entry bottlenecks, reduces printed paper requirements, minimizes data transcription errors that lead to incorrect field dispatches, shortens the sales-delivery cycle, and improves quality of service.

The new version of Movimiento ATM's Salesforce Solution with Perst Lite is in production at a regional distributor of a multi-national consumer products company and at a large local electrical supplies firm, and is scheduled for deployment at another 4 regional distribution companies over the next 3 months.

The open source Perst Lite, with complete source code, is available for free download from http://www.mcobject.com/perst_eval.

Perst and Perst Lite are part of McObject's family of powerful small footprint, high performance embedded database software products. The eXtremeDBTM in-memory database from McObject is used widely in devices including MP3 players, WiMAX base stations, digital TVs, telecom/network communications equipment and military/aerospace technology. Perst is available for Java and .NET, including Java ME and .NET Compact Framework. CA's Wily Technology credits Perst with delivering a shortened development cycle and a ten-fold performance improvement within its real-time Java application.

 

About Movimiento ATM

Movimiento ATM is a company with headquarters in Salta, Argentina, focused on the development and delivery of enterprise mobility applications, which it commercializes with a SaaS business model. Movimiento ATM develops its software with the latest mobile and desktop software development technology (JME, JEE), which allows it to offer its solution over different hardware and OS platforms. The company is committed to being a leader in the mobility solution market space, with core values that include customer satisfaction, commitment to our market, quality, innovation, honesty and responsibility. More information is available at www.movimientoatm.com.ar.

About McObject

Founded by embedded database and real-time systems experts, McObject offers proven data management technology that makes applications and devices smarter, more reliable and more cost-effective to develop and maintain. McObject counts among its customers industry leaders such as Chrysler, Maximizer Software, Siemens, Phillips, EADS, JVC, Tyco Thermal Controls, F5 Networks, DIRECTV, CA, Motorola and Boeing. McObject, based in Issaquah, WA, is committed to providing innovative technology and first-rate services to customers and partners. The company can be reached at +1-425-888-8505, or visit www.mcobject.com.

McObject and eXtremeDB are trademarks or registered trademarks of McObject LLC. All other company or product names mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

 

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Ted Kenney of McObject writes frequently on many topics related to software development, database systems and technology.