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Any Enterprise iOS application should feature some important features. Firstly Security, so encrypt your users application data on the device and that is in addition to any other Device Management & Security that you should be using. Check out Afaria which uses Apple's MDM. Secondly support for Mobile Working, that will work in both off-line and on-line modes, even though connectivity is getting better and better, there will always be the chance of a 'dead-zone'. Finally Integration with existing 'legacy' back office systems, extending existing Enterprise Applications into the Mobile world. Last year I asked myself, What is available for iOS devices in the world of Enterprise Data Synchronization? So to investigate the issue I spoke to an expert friend of mine with years of iPhone development,  and before that core Objective-C. My scenario went like this... I want... (more)

Business Web

At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Jason Yotopoulos, Head of Research, SAP In this interview I find out... What is SAP Research’s vision of enterprise computing in the future What is the concept of Business Web What makes the Business Web different from other initiatives in the evolving “mobile cloud” market What does Business Web offer to telco companies such as operators, integrators etc. What could be the benefits for the enterprise customers Check out my interview here Please follow me on Twitter @ithain ... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit Extended To June 22-23 By Popular Demand

iPhone Developer Summit (www.iphonedevsummit.com) recently announced that due to popular demand it has extended its program to cover a second day. It will now run June 22-23, 2009, in New York City. In a Letter from the Tech Chair at the conference Website, the Tech Chair of the Conference, Ian Thain, writes: "With the iPhone more than earning its place in the consumer market, it is now being adopted by enterprises. In fact, many believe that the iPhone will be the most adopted enterprise device in 2009." View the New 2-Day Schedule (see Track 4) Here Register June 22-23 for "Expo Plus iPhone" for Just $200 From a starting-point of just over 500 when it launched in July, notes Thain, Apple's App Store has over 35,000 applications available and downloads have surpassed 1 billion. The event is being held June 22-23 at The Roosevelt Hotel in New York City in conjunction w... (more)

Six Days to SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit

We now have just 6 days until the start of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit in New York's Roosevelt Hotel. During the now two-day event, there will be nine presenters as well as exhibitors such as Sybase. Now for the next two presenters on my list: Combining REST and Context for Killer iPhone Apps - Jason Christensen - Proprietor, jasonc411.com With the advent of the multimodal nature of iPhone, it's possible to be connected anywhere and everywhere. But did you know that it's possible for your iPhone to provide context to RESTFUL web services to create the next generation of killer applications. We will look at using web services, cloud computing, and the sensors on the iPhone to create applications that exceed what could previously be done on mobile devices. With this architecture, the sky is truly the limit on the capabilities you can provide to the users of your... (more)

iPhone OS 3.0 Hits the Streets Today

Today June 17, is the day that iPhone OS 3.0 is available to the masses for download and I'm predicting upgrade fever will be the phrase for today and the next few weeks. History... On May 6th 2009, after a few rapid cycles, iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 was released for general consumption, still within the iPhone Developer Program and under NDA. Though the big news that accompanied it, was that Apple would no longer be accepting any iPhone or iPod touch applications that were not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0.To quote Apple's email... "Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. If your app submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved." This started developers and companies alike to certify their applications for 3.0. Sybase was one such company that successfully re-certified their iA... (more)

App Store Will Have to Evolve

This week I have been monitoring a few stories which all link together really nicely, with respect to the continued growth in Mobile Applications and developer education. Here are the stories I have been tracking... Jeanette Der Bedrosian, USA TODAY wrote about... "An iPhone Developer University Program launched last fall, however, allows qualifying colleges and universities to produce iPhone apps at no cost, spurring several institutions to offer a course in the technology. Apple declined to comment on the number of schools participating, but they include Stanford and NJIT". Check out the full story here Maggie shields, BBC News discussed... "The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become "as big as the internet", peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.". Check out the full story here Neil Hughes, AppleInsider stated... "Acknowl... (more)

Senthil Krishnapillai of Sybase iAnywhere Speaks with SYS-CON.TV

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Rhomobile to Exhibit at Cloud Computing Conference & Expo

SYS-CON Events announced today that Rhomobile, a provider of the Rhodes open source mobile application development framework for enterprise mobility, will exhibit at SYS-CON's 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The event is expected to attract over 1,500 developers, engineers, architects, IT managers, and hardware and software professionals of every stripe. These solutions help customers and partners change how they organize, architect, engineer and manage their IT supply chain. The company's solutions help customers transform their datacenters, enable cloud computing paradigms, and radically reduce IT costs one application or volume store at a time. Rhomobile offers the world's first implementation of mobile Ruby in their open source mobile ap... (more)

Russia Hates Apple Big Time

I never liked online forums where comments to the original posts could be rated (+ or - 1) by other readers. But today, I changed my mind. These negative ratings can tell you a lot. There is a Web site www.habrahabr.ru popular among software developers in Russia. Today, someone posted an information about newly released hardware by Apple. You'd say, "No biggies. Apple has a steady and growing group of followers and often releases well designed hardware". But take a look at the ratings to the people's comments discussing this news http://bit.ly/2tIZQg.  Look at the massive negative ratings in comments to the post on new devices (this is just a tiny fragment of all negated comments): One guy in the middle (-14) is asking, "What are we getting all these minuses for? Is this an anti-Apple campaign?" The last post (14) in the fragment above reads,"I see that they are ne... (more)

On the Eve of the Next iPad Gold Rush

Here we are on the eve before of what will definitely be the next iPad Gold Rush... the iPad2. I expect to see this in the media, in various ways. Already I have been spotting articles of some dedicated folks staking claim, to the first place in line, at some Apple Stores and I expect to see more join them tonight/tomorrow. What is sure, is that launch day will see critical mass, especially as this time pre-ordering has not been possible. I am wondering if this is Apple's wayof making sure that the amount of interest is translated to the expected large lines and therefore can easily be measurable, reported on by the media and marketed by Apples PR machine? This is in comparison to the rather invisible shipments arriving at potential iPad2 owners front doors. What we will also see tomorrow March 11, will be the inevitable and gratuitous 'Can it Blend?' - Sorry guys... (more)

Coverage of Sybase Announcements

We are now at the end of SAP's global SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference, in Orlando (May 15 - 18) and there have been some interesting announcements and information coming out, with regard to Sybase & SAP. So if you have not been able to keep up with the coverage, I have produced a summary below... SAP and Sybase Boost Mobile Worker Productivity in Key Industries with Release of New Real-Time Enterprise Mobility Apps Mobility Leader Fulfills Market Demand for Industry-Specific, Feature-Rich and Device-Agnostic Mobile Apps, Including Field Service, Retail Execution, Enterprise Asset Management and Employee Productivity Announced a series of new mobile apps built on Sybase® Unwired Platform aimed at mobilizing business processes and business information across key industries including manufacturing, consumer products, utilities, high tech, oil and gas, and retail.... (more)