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Mobile Life focuses upon collaboration

Published August 17, 2008 12:00 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2008, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The SCO Group's ability to provide the platform and add features for FranklinCovey's organization products grew out of its Unix business, where its servers that run computers for companies are known for their reliability.

SCO clients includes McDonald's, Kmart, China's postal service, the German train system and the largest bank in Russia.

"When you order a Happy Meal, it needs to be there when you pull up to the payment window," said SCO Group CEO Darl McBride. "So we're used to taking a transaction and cranking it and presenting it to somebody to do something with."

That type of transaction is essentially what happens with the FranklinCovey product FC Mobile Life, which provides near-instant communication for scheduling, delegating tasks and sending text, photos and audio, said Jeff Hunsaker, SCO president and COO.

"Our focus here is on collaboration, and it's real time. It's real-time collaboration with people you trust, with a group. We've kind of brought it all together. That's the value we bring here."

FC Mobile Life can work on BlackBerries and phones running Windows Mobile, with iPhone compatibility under development. The system interacts and updates information on a Web browser and smart phone. SCO also is working to integrate Microsoft's Outlook e-mail and calendar into the system.

FC Mobile Life offers free interaction between user and one other person. It costs $9.95 a month or $99.50 a year to be connected to more than one person. More is available at http://www.fcmobilelife.com.

- Tom Harvey

Basic features of FC Mobile Life

TEAM

* Create groups of people with whom you can communicate and coordinate for work or family.

TASKS

* Organize to-do lists, delegate to others and track their status.

SCHEDULE

* Set appointments and search other team members' calendars to schedule meetings or events.

POST

* Send text, voicemail and photos to anyone on your list of contacts, and log responses on a private blog where everyone can see them.

GOALS

* Create and track personal goals.