While browsing the information superhighway I stumbled
across an open source mobile application server, Funambol (formerly
Sync4j). Funambol claims to provide push
email as well as address book and calendar synchronisation between mobile
devices and PCs. The heart of Funambol
is the Data Synchronisation Server which actually provides synchronisation
servicesvarious connectors allow Funambol to integrate with current email and
database systems for two way synchronisation; finally a multitude of client
plug-ins for Outlook, Windows Mobile, Blackberry and Palm ensure that
synchronisation with the main database is possible from a variety of devices
(most mobile phones now have compatible SyncML built in).
I always find contact synchronisation to be a pain, be it
between multiple mobile devices and Outlook, or between multiple
computerstherefore it seemed like a good idea to give Funambol a home
trial. I can report that after several
hours of bashing my head against the wall I did manage to have my Sony Ericsson
mobile phone sync contacts with the server.
I havent yet managed to make Outlook connect to the same database and
retrieve the uploaded recordsI am still working on this and will post an
update if/when I have success. Once I
have that working Ill be interested to see how the push email operates; I have
heard mixed reports as to its feasibility.