With the recent announcement of iPhone corporate data plans more people in enterprise may be thinking about how to support the iPhone as a business tool. Steven sent me a press release announcing that HyperOffice is now iPhone ready and will allow you to connect your iPhone to corporate email, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes.
The information on the site states that HyperOffice syncs your iPhone with Microsoft Outlook at your desktop (it does that now through iTunes) and with Microsoft Exchange at the server. HyperOffice is webware so there is nothing to install on the server. However, as quoted below in the press release you do need to install an application, HyperShare, on your PC running Outlook. This sounds like another one of those applications/services
like eMoze (see correction on Emoze below) that require a running PC in the home or office to sync data and that doesn't work for me or my office as we shut them down when we are out of the office.
In contrast, using HyperShare, a gateway tool built into HyperOffice, iPhone users can continue to use Outlook, yet share calendars, contacts, documents and tasks -- both with and without Microsoft Exchange.
HyperShare is a one-time download to the desktop. It migrates Outlook contacts, calendars and email folders in minutes, then automatically delivers email to the email application built into the iPhone, with support for folders, attachments, documents and tasks - and replies and new messages are relayed back to Outlook or to the corporate Exchange server.
I guess I am still not clear how HyperOffice syncs with the iPhone, unless it is just through a desktop Outlook sync. With pricing starting at US$44.99 per month for 5 people, this looks like a solution for small to large companies and not for those wildcards like me who are out there with hosted Exchange plans. Has anyone tried this on an iPhone yet? I really need to see it working to fully understand if this service is something revolutionary or if it is just using the iPhone as a promotion effort.
UPDATE: I was wrong about Emoze and received the following information:
When Emoze started, it was in fact required for users to have their PC always on. This is definitely not the case today, although it is an alternative. Emoze was the first in the world to release the Global Gateway, a seamless connection to the OWA and web access servers to push email real time without having to have your PC always on. The emoze Mobile Client is a sophisticated software that resides on the mobile device. It communicates with the Emoze Global Service Network (EGSN) in order to receive in-coming emails and authenticates, decrypts and sends them onto the mobile device inbox. It works in the background of the mobile device and utilizes network performance. The application does not slow-down the general operation of the mobile device or interferes with other device functionalities, such as placing a call or sending an SMS message.
Given this information, Emoze looks like a good alternative for supported devices, like my Nokia N95, and I may just have to give them a try now.