Oracle teams up with Motorola, builds B2B for Covisint

Motorola has linked with software giant Oracle to create a framework for the development of mobile e-business.

The two companies unveiled MobileBlueprint, a platform for enterprises, internet service providers and application developers wanting to meet the growing demand for mobile services. The initiative will link Motorola’s wireless technology with Oracle’s software to create an open-standards framework for mobile e-business.

The pair claim MobileBlueprint will make it easier and quicker to bring new mobile services to market. Target applications include mobile inventory and sales management services. The two companies plan to share expertise in technologies such as WAP, XML and Bluetooth, all key to the extension of advanced services to a range of devices, including mobile phones and handheld computers.

A joint Motorola and Oracle development centre will be opened in January to test new products.

Michael Rocha, senior vice-president at Oracle’s Platform Technologies division, said the development was highly significant for the company. ‘It not only allows us to extend our enterprise offerings to the wireless market, but also to increase the ease and speed of deployment and lower their overall cost by utilising our joint technologies.’

The alliance marks the latest stage in a growing trend for IT and internet companies to link with mobile telecoms specialists. Microsoft is already working with Ericsson to jointly develop mobile internet services.

In a separate agreement, automotive B2B Covisint finalised a strategic technology and licensing agreement with Oracle, through which Oracle will provide Covisint with the B2B software necessary to support and manage the company’s B2B activities.

Covisint will implement the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Exchange Marketplace, Oracle technology platform (including the Oracle database and application server) and Oracle Internet Developer Suite.

As part of the agreement, Oracle will receive an equity position in Covisint. The transaction was closed in early December and will be recognised as revenue in Oracle’s fiscal third quarter, which closes on February 28th, 2001.