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Ian Thain

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The innovative use of QR Codes (Quick Response Codes - a type of matrix or two-dimensional barcode) can grow a companies social and consumer reach as well as introducing the new user to discounts, coupons, marketing campaigns through the development of companion mobile apps. These companion apps show and build brand awareness as well as driving retail sales. Mobile Retail apps are now making use of barcodes for quick input and searching, such as in Amazon's mobile app, which aid the consumer to get the best service and deal. They are also using Location Based Services (LBS) to suggest stores to visit with the users proximity and in the future Augmented Reality (AR - a real world view, overlaid with additional computer generated information) to guide the consumer around the store, suggesting the latest hot deals.The Augmented Reality vision may sound a little awkward ... (more)

Steve Jobs & the New iPhone?

After an announcement a few days ago from Apple, it seems certain now that Steve Jobs will not be giving the keynote at WWDC in San Francisco, rather this position will be filled by  Philip Schiller (pictured), Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing, along with a team of Apple executives. The Press Release also said that WWDC will... 'offer in-depth sessions on both iPhone™ OS 3.0, the world’s most advanced mobile operating system,  and Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™, an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s best desktop operating system and the f... (more)

What To Do This Weekend?

I found this video on youTube... its fun.   Have a great weekend & remember.... Hug a Developer!     ... (more)

Enterprise Mobility: Review of 2010

Since the middle to late part of 2009 I have been Evangelizing my thoughts on Enterprise Mobility. This has always been a product of the analysis of emerging Market, Industry & Technical trends. I have seen many companies use Mobility to create & expand advantages over their customers and streamline processes, increasing staff & customer satisfaction. As we are now nearly at the end of 2010 and Mobility is such an essential and hot topic, I thought it would now would be a good time to review those observations, so here are some of my key thoughts in  'Enterprise Mobility' Econo... (more)

Consolidated Database Creation

Though the title of this article is about the Consolidated Database, I will be discussing equally the Remote database. But before let me recap on Synchronization... Synchronization is the sharing of data between consolidated and remote databases, where a summary of changes are synchronized instead of all changes. The Synchronization process can provide subsets of data defined by client or server and supports Bidirectional and unidirectional synchronization, with the guarantee of data consistency. Data is downloaded to the remote database and Data is uploaded to the consolidate... (more)