Funambol and db4objects Provide Open Source Solution to Enable Complex Data for Mobile Devices

Handhelds, Windows Mobile, Palm and Other Mobile Devices Can Now Easily

Synchronize Complex Enterprise, Consumer and Technical Data Over-the-Air

Mar 06, 2007, 00:00 ET from Funambol

    REDWOOD CITY, Calif. and SAN MATEO, Calif., March 6 /PRNewswire/ --
 Funambol, the mobile open source company, and db4objects, creator of the
 leading open source object database for Java and .NET, today announced the
 availability of a new open source project that makes it easy to mobilize
 complex data. The project, Funambol Connector for db4o, is one example of
 the success of Funambol's Code Sniper program announced last fall. The
 connector was coded by a member of the Funambol community under this
 program, which pays developers for prioritized code contributions.
     The Funambol Connector for db4o makes it easy for software developers
 to store and manage complex information in an embedded database on mobile
 devices such as laptops, smartphones and PDAs. The combination of Funambol
 and db4o eliminates the need to write extensive code to manage and extract
 data from complicated data structures and gives users a wide range of
 mobile devices to access complex data while on the go.
     "Integrating the world's leading open source projects for mobile and
 object-oriented databases enables a whole new class of mobile
 applications," said Fabrizio Capobianco, Funambol CEO. "The Funambol
 Connector for db4o makes it much easier to provide mobile users with
 complex information that previously was accessible only by office-based
     As wireless broadband becomes more pervasive and its cost decreases,
 there is a growing need to mobilize complex data on a wide array of mobile
 devices, including handhelds, Windows Mobile PDAs and smartphones, Palms,
 and laptops. With the combination of Funambol and db4o, data for
 enterprise, scientific, industrial and consumer applications can be easily
 synchronized between servers and mobile devices. Developers and ISVs can
 use their preferred Java and .Net development tools to provide mobile
 applications for browsing and updating complex data.
     For example, an enterprise that wants field employees, such as sales
 reps and technicians, to have current customer data needs to provide data
 to workers who are traveling. The customer data may be stored in dozens of
 tables in an ERP system. With a traditional approach, developers need to
 write extensive SQL and other data definition and manipulation code to
 access individual tables, transform the data and transfer it to mobile
 devices. When the ERP system changes, the code also needs to be modified.
 With the Funambol Connector for db4o, the customer data can be treated as a
 single object and wirelessly updated on mobile devices with a few simple
     "db4o is optimized for embedded use on mobile and other devices, and
 our fast growing user community embraces the ability to easily persist
 native Java and .NET objects despite very limited resources," said Christof
 Wittig, president and CEO of db4objects. "Funambol and db4o are a perfect
 combination, which makes it much easier for developers and ISVs to mobilize
 complex applications and data."
     The connector is as an open source project licensed under GPLv2. Built
 for Funambol v3 and db4o v6.1, it can be downloaded from the Funambol
 website ( and the db4o Developer Community
     About Funambol
     Funambol is the mobile open source company and is the leading provider
 of open source push email and PIM for consumers. Funambol is supported by a
 global network of users and developers representing more than 1,000,000
 downloads and 10,000 contributors in more than 200 countries. The
 commercial version of Funambol's software has been deployed at wireless
 carriers, Fortune 100 enterprises, hardware OEMs/ODMs and ISVs including
 customers such as Computer Associates. Funambol is headquartered in Redwood
 City, California with a development center in Italy. See
     About db4objects, Inc.
     db4objects, Inc. ( provides db4o, the world's most popular
 object database, native to Java and .NET and available under open source
 and commercial licenses. With more than 20,000 registered community members
 and one million downloads, db4o is used in a broad array of industries
 around the globe. Customers include the world's most innovative companies,
 including Boeing, Bosch, Intel, Ricoh, and Seagate. db4objects is based in
 San Mateo, California, and backed by noted Silicon Valley luminaries
 including Mark Leslie, founding CEO of Veritas; Jerry Fiddler, founding CEO
 of Wind River; and Vinod Khosla, founding CEO of Sun Microsystems.
      Press and Analyst Contacts
      For Funambol:
      Jennifer Cloer, Page One PR
      (503) 867-2304
      For db4objects:
      Rachel Modena Barasch
      (650) 283-2797

SOURCE Funambol