UWI.Com has introduced a product which it says is the first to facilitate the direct transfer of data from 3Com Corp’s PalmPilot to a web application, eliminating the need to manually re-enter data on the desktop computer. UWI, the Victoria, British Columbia company that concentrates on internet forms, will be demonstrating the beta at Fall Internet World this week in New York. The product, called InternetForms Sync, is designed for people whose jobs revolve around one or two central forms, such as a work order or an insurance claim. Using the PalmPilot, these forms can be completed from a remote location, and pumped into the desktop back at the office, with InternetForms Sync taking the data and submitting it to the specified web application. UWI says that currently data collected on a Palm Pilot can only be downloaded into a database on the desktop, and transferring the information from the desktop database to another application can be time consuming – especially if the data must be converted to an HTML format. InternetForms Sync, automates the process, with various connectivity options. Using the InternetForms System, Internet Forms can interface with Workflow systems, EDI, and both ODBC and legacy access databases. Before the data is submitted to the web application, it populates an Internet Form. The Internet Form automatically flags incorrect data, allowing users to catch and fix errors before submitting bad data to the server application. Printing and archiving are also possible at this stage. Finally, the Internet Form converts the data to an HTML format and submits it to the correct web application. InternetForms Sync is currently available as a controlled beta release. Prices start at $49 per user.
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