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Ian Thain

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This article describes the synergies between PowerBuilder and Sybase WorkSpace for services-oriented development and shows how to use a PowerBuilder component in Sybase WorkSpace 1.5. POWERBUILDER IS NOT LEGACY Rather, PowerBuilder has a legacy. It has evolved from its client/server roots and now enables developers to build n-tier, Web, and Tablet PC applications and components for use in other environments. It continues to do what it does best - incorporate emerging technologies and abstract them for ease of use. Sybase WorkSpace is a PowerBuilder-enabler into the world of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) - allowing your investment in Sybase's popular Rapid Application Development (RAD) development tool to continue and thrive. SERVICE ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE SOA has evolved over the last decade and refers to an architectural framework for building applications. SOA... (more)

Gritting the Slippery Slope of Mobile Applications

Today I saw an interesting article by Bill French on iPhoneCTO, entitled Mobile App Strategy: Look Before You Leap - It's a Slippery Slope I have seen many companies use Mobility to create & expand advantages over their customers and streamline processes, increasing staff & customer satisfaction, so here are some of my articles that will help by 'Gritting the Slippery Slope of Mobile Applications' Economy here   Competitive Advantages here   Opportunities here   Risks here   Steps for Success here   Design & Prototyping here and here   Developer Skils here   Management & Secur... (more)

i(Phone) Have My Data Here, Now I Want It There...What's the Problem?

I was speaking to a friend of mine this week about iPhone development, especially around database development. I posed, what I thought was a straight forward question to him, which opened a whole can of worms, but worms that I've seen before. My scenario went like this... I want an app that uses SQLite on the device. I would want that device to get DB updates/records, securely over the air,  specific to that user and I want the database to be secure. Those updates/records I want to come from a Server DB, that could be any of the Enterprise Database. I want the user to use the ap... (more)

Sybase Knows Enterprise Mobility

Today Sybase announced that Afaria, which is our mobile device management and security solution, now supports the Open Mobile Alliance Device Management (OMA DM) standards for device management. Now that Afaria also uses the native OMA DM client to manage Nokia S60 3rd Edition devices (including the popular Nokia N70, Nokia E65, Nokia E7,  the recently announced Nokia E75, as well as all other Nokia devices), this demonstrates that we have broadened our support of mobile device management for over a Billion mobile phones worldwide! This piece of news is of great significance as we ... (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)