by: McGill University • 3
So here’s the situation: you want to have all the phone numbers and email addresses of your committee members on your iPhone, so you enter all their info into your contact list. Then a week later you learn that Bob has left the committee, Jayson just joined to replace Bob, Suzy got a new phone with a number you don’t know yet, and Michelle’s gone off on vacation for three weeks—now you have to find the time to update your contact list with all these changes (just like all the other committee members are doing on their devices). But you’ve got a better idea: how about managing the committee’s contact list in a central location (like MS SharePoint) and then distributing it to everyone’s mobile devices? That way only one person needs to take care of the data and everyone will have the same latest accurate information. Now all you need is a client for your mobile device to handle and display this information: Contact Lists To Go (CL2Go).
Not just another personal contact list manager application, CL2Go is tailored for the business environment, maintaining updated contact lists for your company’s dynamic community of committees, groups, teams, etc. Only the mobile client application is described here. In order to work, the client requires a back-end database and an infrastructure set up to manage list memberships, contact details, and access permissions. The mobile client presents only centralized and managed contact information on your device. Currently CL2Go supports iPhone (iPod Touch, iPad) and BlackBerry platforms (with slight differences in implementation due to specific update technologies). CL2Go is capable of keeping contact list information on the device (making it available even when there is no network connection), receiving regular updates over the data network or Wi-Fi, and providing various convenient features such as searchable contacts, support for multiple lists, and information retrieval from a lost device.