Friday, February 09, 2007

Funambol - mobile open source Funambol (pronounced "foo-nahm'-ball") comes from the Latin words funis (rope) and ambulare (walking), meaning a tight-rope walker.

Being an open source company means walking on a rope every day. We must always keep a balance between the needs of the open source community and the business. Every step we take, we remember to keep our balance – keeping the community committed, but also keeping our commercial customers more than happy.

Funambol’s vision is to bring the customer benefits of open source software to the $300 billion global mobile market. Just as open standards and open source software helped spark the explosion of the Internet, so Funambol believes open source software can accelerate creativity, innovation, and a wide range of new content, services and choice for wireless customers.

The mobile computing market has been made real by shipments of over 1,000,000,000 wireless devices: phones, PDAs, tablet PCs, and dedicated devices. Over 80% of these devices will ship with Java, or have plug-ins for their C++ environments. This is the basis for the next wave of computing.

Funambol’s open source mobile application server is based on the Open Mobile Alliance Data Synchronization and Device Management standard (OMA DS/DM, popularly known as SyncML), that is supported by more than 75% of new mobile handsets. Funambol provides mobile push email, PIM synchronization and device management software that allows developers in carriers, enterprises and ISVs/ASPs to synchronize, provision and manage mobile devices. Funambol’s mobile application server is flexible and open, allowing the company and community to offer implementations of other leading synchronization and management protocols for the wireless market.

Started in 2001 as Sync4j, Funambol is the leading open source implementation of SyncML. With more than 40,000 software downloads per month, it is supported by one of the largest mobile developer communities in the world. It is also the world’s fastest growing middleware platform.