BARCELONA, SPAIN, Feb 27, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) — The BlackBerry PlayBook has joined Android and Apple tablets as mobile gateways to the enterprise thanks to the introduction of the PlayBook-compatible Webalo app today, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Webalo app can run an unlimited number of secure, encrypted enterprise-to-mobile connections, allowing PlayBook users to access SAP, IBM, Oracle, Microsoft, in-house, and countless other applications directly from their tablet.
Webalo has been available on BlackBerry smartphones for five years, but the larger display of the PlayBook makes it faster and easier for mobile workers to interact with enterprise data and applications. As employees embrace BYOD initiatives, Webalo lets companies meet those employees’ expectations to use tablets as substitutes or replacements for both laptops and smartphones. The speed at which Webalo enables connections to be configured between enterprise applications and Android, Apple, Windows, and BlackBerry devices means that deployment is virtually immediate — within hours — and mobile users’ productivity improves just as fast.
“Customers who appreciated what Webalo could do to make their users’ smartphones more valuable for enterprise access are very enthusiastic about using Webalo on tablets,” said Webalo CEO Peter Price. “The larger form factor of the PlayBook will let organizations mobilize a broader range of enterprise applications, and, with Webalo’s task-oriented menus and dynamic graphics, will help mobile users interact with information more efficiently.”
In financial services, manufacturing, operations, and healthcare, especially, the expanded potential of tablets lets Webalo deliver more information more effectively. Stephen Chilton, Director of IT Services at University Hospitals Birmingham, which is part of the U.K.’s National Health Service, is an active Webalo user who has deployed many mobile solutions using Webalo. He remarked, “We’re looking forward to seeing how the PlayBook can expand the types of enterprise interactions we can provide to our medical and administrative staff. We’ve provided medical referral, pharmaceutical provisioning, emergency services monitoring, and many other capabilities on our users’ BlackBerry smartphones using Webalo, but the PlayBook with Webalo, I think, expands the types of information we can deliver and improves our productivity even more.”
Webalo changes the economics of enterprise mobility. It provides the enterprise-to-mobile infrastructure that puts enterprise data and functions on mobile devices 100 times faster than traditional approaches to mobile application development, and it provides personalized mobile capabilities that meet the individual needs of any end user.
Webalo technology eliminates the need for traditional mobile application development tools and custom programming to provide — in hours, instead of weeks or months — mobile access to the specific enterprise data and functions that mobile users rely on to do their jobs. Rather than build new mobile applications or purchase proprietary mobile versions of a vendor’s enterprise applications, organizations can use Webalo to let administrators easily select, from their existing enterprise applications, the exact data and functions that mobile users need so they can work more efficiently and productively.
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