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Ian Thain

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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 useful information anywhere, anytime. Enterprises are increasingly thinking of, and mobilizing their workforces but also need to integrate to enterprise systems. In turn, these same organizations are moving from siloed applications to strategic mobile platforms. Sybase chairman and CEO John Chen... (more)

SAP / INE and Afaria

At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Jose Antonio Perea Yustres, Head of Innovation and Mobility, Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) Instituto Nacional de Estadística (INE) is the national statistics institute for Spain. Affiliated with the Ministry of Economy and Tax, INE performs largescale statistical operations including demographic, social and economic census In this interview I find out... How INE use mobile devices and what were their key challenges in supporting them How INE made the decision to use Afaria What a... (more)

Pocket PowerBuilder, SOAP, and PocketSOAP

What should you do if you have diverse components in your enterprise and need to access them from your Pocket PowerBuilder application? I won't spend too much time on SOAP and Web services, as there's lots of reading you can do on those subjects, especially if you have insomnia. All I'll do now is set the scene around the technologies of SOAP and Web services and then show what we can do. SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) is widely viewed as the backbone of a new generation of cross-platform, cross-language, distributed applications - Web services. As its name suggests, i... (more)

Know A Lot About Sybase Technology?

Have you ever felt that either you want to get a point across to other Sybase Users, or you have a great piece of technical advice that you would like to share with the wider community? If the answers yes, but you don't really know how, then check out this great 3 page article written by Adrian Bridgwater, the Editor of the ISUG Technical Journal. The article contains a wealth of information and advice that will get you up to speed with writing as well as a indispensable Writers 9-Point Checklist. You may be asking yourself of the credentials of the author and I can happily say w... (more)

iPhone into Business Does Go

The New York Times has posted an article with the headline, “Apple iPhone Owners Don’t Use It For Work” – quite a bold statement, though now has been clarified and re-written as "Apple iPhone Owners Favor Personal Uses, Not Business". The writer, Jenna Wortham, sites findings from a Compete study who surveyed smartphone users and seems to be taking a perspective that the iPhone is being used for personal productivity whereas users of BlackBerry, Nokia, HTC and such use it for business/work needs. You can find the New York Times article here. In response to the New York Times art... (more)