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Ian Thain

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Let me set the scene for my fictitious organization... My insurance company needs to speed up the flow and turn around in claims. Currently Assessors are given their appointments in the office at the start of day and then go out on the road. With them, they may take a paper notebook, a set of claim forms, dictaphone, diary, camera, mobile phone and a set of street maps for the local and surrounding area of responsibility. Not a pretty picture of a Mobile worker, with all this equipment, but a real possibility. During a full working day the Assessor drives to each claimant’s location and takes detailed notes & pictures, these separate pieces of information, then have to be entered into the back office system on return to headquarters at the end of day. Quite a task! The insurance company also has issues that they do not readily know where each Assessor is located; if a... (more)

Web Application Development

In my last few articles I have tried to show how to build Business Processes (BPs) and how to use them with PowerBuilder. This article will cover how to build a simple JSF within Sybase WorkSpace to call those BPs. My engineering colleague Jean Choi wrote recently about Web application development, but my aim here is to show you, step-by-step, how easy it is. Business Processes I'll use a simple BP from my previous articles (see Figure 1) and my PBDJ Blog (http://ianthain.pbdjmagazine.com) as the process I want to expose via a Web Front End. Even though this is a simple example, d... (more)

A Look Into the iPhone Crystal Ball?

As someone very interested in the iPhone device as well as development, and who is eager to see what may come this year, I came across the thoughts and ideas of Matt Brady You can also see some fun concepts at 9to5Mac Its is rumored that we may see something new with respect to the iPhone around June... Check out the Unofficial Apple Weblog Ahh but if only! ... (more)

One World, One Life, One Commute, One Device

When I travel into any city I see folks performing many tasks, reading a book, listening to music, texting on phones and catching up on emails (sometimes on laptops or mobile devices). These are all great uses of that commuting time and is the way that workers are now extending their normal hours into the 'grey' time between home and the office. Let's face it, it makes the mundane journey pass in a flash and relieves some of that stress. Problem is, that with each of these tasks, usually comes a different item and the mobile commuter/worker becomes less than mobile and more like ... (more)

SAP & Sybase: Transforming Today's Mobile Workforce

In the last 6 months at least, I have been blogging on many topics but with one central theme, I believe mobility is key to enterprise companies, not only now but for their future. This is especially true in the current economic climate, where cost effectiveness, rapid decisions, streamlining processes and return on investment is crucial. Let me expand on that further... No one would argue that the world is mobile and mobility is impacting business on a global level. Currently we have explosive data growth leading to information everywhere and what is critical is access to usefu... (more)