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Meetingmaker is Web Service 'Ready'; Intellisync for Meetingmaker Ships: Enables Broad Enterprise Integration and Web Service Extensibility

WALTHAM, Mass., Jul 24, 2002 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Meeting Maker (, the premier provider of cross platform, real-time, collaborative group scheduling solutions, today announced that the Meetingmaker platform is capable of being deployed as a Web service to drive time-critical processes such as group/event scheduling, project management and resource management. With the general availability of the Intellisync for Meetingmaker synchronization capability, the Meetingmaker platform can:

- Synchronize scheduling information across major mobile device
platforms and enterprise applications including Windows CE and
RIM Blackberry devices (adding to existing Palm
synchronization capabilities), and Microsoft Outlook.
- Provide XML-based connectors to open the core Meetingmaker
time-engine as a Web service - enabling real-time interactions
and synchronization between people and applications in
enterprise portal environments.
Intellisync for Meetingmaker leverages Pumatech's Intellisync for Web XML toolkit software to integrate the Intellisync synchronization engine into the new Meetingmaker 7.1 group calendaring and scheduling platform.

"Independent software vendors and their customers have approached the on-line collaboration challenge from several angles with varying degrees of success," said Larry Hawes of the Delphi Group. "Now Meeting Maker has creatively applied a decade of experience in client/server group scheduling to the Web-based collaboration challenge. Today's announcement by MeetingMaker is a concrete example of how the company is working with its customers to provide dynamic scheduling services in portals and virtual workspaces, as well as to other existing enterprise applications."

The Meetingmaker platform has an established and loyal customer base that spans 1,250,000 users within brand name organizations including Pixar, Cisco, AOL/Time Warner, QUALCOMM, Lockheed Martin, Verizon, Harvard University, Yale University, Los Alamos National Labs and NASA.

"Pumatech is committed to providing enterprises with mobile computing solutions that extend essential corporate information to employees, precisely when and where they need it," said Woodson (Woody) Hobbs, president and CEO of Pumatech. "By integrating our Intellisync synchronization engine into the new Meetingmaker 7.1 group calendaring and scheduling platform, Meeting Maker is boosting productivity by enabling access to calendars from handheld devices, and by promoting information exchange with groupware applications like Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes. Additionally, we are excited that Meeting Maker has also leveraged the Intellisync engine a step further, extending the real-time Meetingmaker engine as a Web service."

"Businesses can make more money, but they can't make more time," said John Anderson, president of Meeting Maker. "Time is the most valuable organizational asset, whether it is in an executive calendar or part of a business critical process. For more than a decade, Meeting Maker has enabled individuals and organizations worldwide to reclaim lost time and boost productivity by facilitating real-time interactions in the coordination of meetings, activities and resources. Today marks a milestone in our history as customers can leverage our pioneering expertise in dynamic scheduling solutions to drive time critical processes within broader portal and enterprise application environments."

Today, many solution providers in the collaborative application and portal markets have focused on delivering location and/or presence-based services as part of asynchronous messaging and document management platforms. What they have not adequately addressed is a real-time time management capability that drives greater efficiency and interactivity in a portal environment - a critical factor for the success of the model in terms of real business value and Return on Investment (ROI).

Meeting Maker is addressing the issues of time management and collaboration through market-leading products and Web services. Calendar management is one of the most time consuming activities, and the Meetingmaker calendaring and scheduling platform provides the ideal environment for real-time, organization-wide schedule coordination, driving greater efficiency and deriving higher ROI from the process. It provides instant, collaborative access to scheduling information across all major platforms, and provides Java, Web and wireless support to connect mobile workers.

Additionally, time-stamped information is at the core of critical business processes such as project management, event coordination and billing. While current portals and Web services provide significant collaborative functionality, they cannot provide optimal business value unless they can drive these processes in real-time. Meeting Maker's real-time technology can provide this critical "time engine" functionality, working in the background to raise the level of real-time interaction and synchronization between people and applications. The company has embarked on an initiative to partner with application vendors to deliver a framework for managing time-based resources as a Web service, and believes that the resulting benefits in efficiency and productivity will be dramatic.

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