Woking, 19th July 2005 â Networking solutions consultancy LAN 2 LAN, today launched Content Manager, a product that enables organisations to push mission-critical applications such as disaster recovery procedures from a central database to BlackBerry handheld devices. LAN 2 LAN has already successfully implemented it within The Prudential as part of its business continuity plan.
Following the success of its .ROAM for Lotus Domino product launched last year in response to the growing demand for mobile data, Content Manager extends the application of .ROAM into the security market.
With many FSA regulated organisations legally required to have business continuity in place, Content Manager provides a quick and easy way to disseminate business continuity procedures in the event of an emergency. During incidents such as power outages or terrorist attacks, disaster recovery teams can remotely co-ordinate plans instantly from their BlackBerry devices.
John Manning, Head of Business Continuity Management of The Prudential UK explains: "Crisis Management Planning is an important part of our continuity plan. One of the issues we faced was how to get this information to our sixty senior managers, electronically and to guarantee delivery. The Prudential reviewed a number of technologies and chose BlackBerry technology working with LAN 2 LAN and its Content Manager tool. By using Content Manager, our disaster recovery plans are pushed to a local, encrypted cache on BlackBerry devices. This data is always up-to-date as any changes to the plan are automatically sent to the relevant manager(s). It means management teams merely click on an icon on their devices to get the most up-to-date plans and procedures at their fingertips. The ability to retrieve plans from the local cache was invaluable during the recent London incident where mobile network services were disrupted and managers needed their plans."
Rich-text data stored in a simple Lotus Domino database is automatically converted into BlackBerry format, which can be pushed out with ease to remote BlackBerry users. Organisations who already have a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in place for PIM and email will be able to leverage the push technology for deploying other mission-critical applications.
Gary Duke, Director of LAN 2 LAN concludes: "Content Manager will help organisations to become more responsive and productive, as they are able to access, present and update vital business information remotely. It eliminates the need for hard copy or ring binder plans that are usually inaccessible in an emergency situation and subsequently empowers organisations to effectively manage these incidents with a single tool. Although Content Manager was built for this particular application, organisations will also be able to use it to push other content types to BlackBerry devices, such as price and parts lists, report data and project information."