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Ian Thain

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I wanted to flag a post on PhoneScoop by Eric Zeman that appeared recently. Eric writes that "Google has added editing capabilities to the mobile version of their spreadsheet program".  These new features will allow users to open the document on their smartphone and make changes that will be reflected when the document is next opened on a desktop computer. I think this is a great example of mobile phones gaining more functionality for the enterprise, and this additional functionality is certainly beneficial in today’s mobile business world. Though now I believe you can't loose sight that good security and management for whatever device you are using, is a necessity. ... (more)

iPhone Able to Be Adopted by Enterprise Businesses

Following on from my earlier blog "Securing and Delivering Business Data on the iPhone" , today Sybase shipped a new version of iAnywhere Mobile Office for Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone users in the enterprise. The new release offers enhanced administrative, network security, deployment features and allows the extension of enterprise-class email and PIM data from Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange mobile devices. In turn this will allow the reduction of the total cost of ownership when extending email and business processes. In particular this is major news for the iPhone'... (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 ... (more)

What Do iPhone Developers Think of SDK 3.0 and the OS?

iPhone 3.0... Three days in and 100 Polled Its now been three days since the announcement of the iPhone 3.0 SDK and OS from Apple, ample time for the eager developers and users to have made their mind up. In fact I set a Linkedin Poll as soon as the announcement finished and already have had over 100 responses. I have felt a bit like a reporter following President Obama's first 100 days in office and we all know first impresstions count, so whats the score? Firstly, not surprisingly to me, nobody polled thought that Apple did not deliver the goods with this announcement and only ... (more)

What Hardware Changes Will iPhone OS 3.0 Bring?

On June 22 I will be Chairing the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in NYC. Along with me will be some great industry presenters and colleagues from Sybase/iAnywhere showing off  the Enterprise capabilities they have for iPhone. In preparation for this event I have been searching around for what the industry thinks Apple will announce, when the new OS and  hopefully hardware becomes available, and I found a great article by Brian Chen of the Gadget Lab in Wired.com. Brian summarizes the rumors and puts a percentage probability next to each, that the feature will be announced with... (more)