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Ian Thain

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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 application, which could add, delete or create new records in the device database, then the application should send its changes back securely across the air to the Enterprise DB. My friend thought on it for a while then said... Based on what you've written, then I would suggest some possibilities... (more)

The Economy and Enterprise Mobility?

This is the first in a series of five initial articles, in which I'm going to put my thoughts and findings on the subject of Enteprise Mobility. For this article I've decided to tackle the Economy, which is effecting us all in various degrees, according to your geographic location. Firstly I believe that Mobility as a strategy is bucking the trend of any downturn or slowdown in the economies around the world. Look at any analyst report and you will be able to see that Smartphone/Converged Mobile Device (CMD) handset sales are still on the rise, though not as sharply as over a ye... (more)

Getting Knowledge Through Shared Experiences

PBDJ Blog on Ulitzer Many years ago I was one of the first developers in EMEA to get to grips with a new RAD Client/Server tool called PowerBuilder, just after V1.0. By the way PowerBuilder is now on V11.5 and still going strong. PowerBuilder itself, as well as the client/server windows development paradigm, was a revelation as well as a big learning curve. What made it more manageable, along with a great education program, was that around the globe like minded PowerBuilder newbies were forming user groups, through the help of PowerSoft. I was lucky enough to be one of the early ... (more)

iPhone Developer Summit Day Two: Show Report

Today SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit finished, on a high, as it started yesterday. It has always been said that good things come in two's! First to present on Tuesday morning was Todd Schick on the subject of Creating Native-Looking Applications for the iPhone with ASP.NET. Next Travis Siegfried and his co-presenter Jared Scheuer, both from IBM, presented iPhone Development in an Enterprise Environment. After lunch Chris Fleck picked up the presentations with Build Once, Run Anywhere, No Objective C Required with regard to Citrix and finally Paul Croft from the UK presented A N... (more)

Getting Enterprise Data onto Multiple Platforms

No one would argue that the world is mobile. Let's discuss how mobility is impacting business on a global level. Currently we have explosive data growth leading to information everywhere. What is critical is access to useful information anywhere, anytime. End users want convenience, enterprises want ROI. Wireless now is everywhere and coverage is strong and constantly improving. People can literally work from anywhere today and be as productive out of the office as they would be in the office. Consumer needs are defining the business needs for mobile users. New mobile devices ar... (more)