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If you have been following me over the last few years, you would know that I am a Mobility Evangelist passionate on Mobile Technologies, Hardware and Apps, especially with respect to in-house Enterprise Mobile Application Development and the usage of Mobility in the Enterprise. I thoug...
The question to Buy or Build in #Enterprise Mobility? Unless you want to dance to somebody else’s tune, build… you’ll get more ROI and advantage #Mobile #Apps not only extend existing #systems but look at new circumstances of use freeing your workforce to use them in ...
iPad is NOT an iPhone, may be an obvious statement to us all, but a lot of applications and therefore application developers on the Apple App Store seems to have lost sight of that fact. I believe that over 90% of these applications have the potential to be awesome on the most popular ...
Lately there has been a lot of rumor on the web about the iPhone 5 and iPad 3. One thing that most people and technical loggers seem to agree on, along with more internal memory for running of programs and a faster processor is a thinner design and new innovative features such as the u...
The world is becoming a mobile place and even if you are not a mobile worker in your daily job, you will want to interact whilst on the move, in your personal life. That is why the Smartphone, iPad or Converged Mobile Device as I like to call it, is a great success… It gives [......
Enterprise Mobility has a lot of benefits, such as improving the efficiency of a companies business processes and their Information Workers alike. If the term Information Workers is new to you, then a brief explanation is that they are traditional employees using corporate data in thei...
Today I decided to give tweet-sized Mobile App thoughts… What do your #Corporate #Mobile #Devices & #Apps say about your business? Streamline, Powerful, Innovative? Taking advantage of the future? Remember #Mobility is NOT a magic bullet! Its only as powerful as the #Mobile...
For you guys not following me on Twitter and how could you not … I thought I would keep you up to date with a few more of my Mobility Tweets and thoughts… High adoption of #Mobile #Devices is driving #Mobile #App #Development & vice versa. In #Enterprise via #Prosumer...
As the Sybase Senior Technical Evangelist covering Enterprise Mobility, I regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world providing profound technical knowledge and experience. In my customer facing Mobile Evangelist role, I am very involved with the design, production and t...
As you know I am heavily into Enterprise Mobility and the benefits it gives businesses. Here are the types of Mobile Worker

 that I believe can and in fact are making use of a Converged Mobile Device… 1. Information Worker

 2. Task Worker

 3. Field Engineer

 4. Decision Make...
I am already an avid believer of Mobility and Tablet computing in the Enterprise, so this week I decided to think about what could be achieved within Education. For the rest of my thoughts I will use my Converged Mobile Device of choice … the iPad. There is already a student web page o...
Necessity !!! Check out my thoughts on Apps in the Enterprise here at Mobile Marketing. I believe if you are a Enterprise with Mobile Devices and your Development Teams never build Corporate Mobile Apps… Its like having a Swiss Army Knife on a Survival Trip and never using it! R...
Today I noticed two very separate articles, though to me they are both interrelated and on a subject that I feel very strongly about, Tablet Devices and Mobile App Development. It is no secret that I am a total iOS convert in my personal life, living with my iPhone and iPad, but as a B...
Just a nest full of my Tweets (@ithain) from today to get you Mobile guys fired up! #Apps in the #Enterprise bit.ly/t7sxFu This year you will have to have Mobile Enterprise Apps for #InformationWorkers #iPhone #iPad#Apps in the #Enterprise bit.ly/t7sxFu This year you will have to have ...
Today’s Real Time Enterprise is Mobility

 and it is my belief that if you as an Enterprise are not either starting or have plans for developing mobile apps, that give you massive competitive advantages, then your competitors will be and you are going to be left in the starting b...
November 9, was an exciting day in Mobility as SAP and Sybase at SAPPHIRE and TechEd in Madrid announced a New Wave of SAP Mobile Apps built on SUP, that will be available on iOS, Blackberry, Android and Windows Mobile… SAP Electronic Medical Record SAP Citizen Connect SAP Strat...
During the first week in September, I attended and inaugural conference called UpdateConf 2011 in Brighton, UK. This Conference was mainly centered around iOS and iOS UX design and put together by Aral Baulkan (@aral). The first day was a set of presentations in front of the entire cro...
Last Month the Sybase SAP Nordic Roadshow again hit 4 countries in 4 days… Stockholm Sweden, Helsinki Finland, Oslo Norway and Copenhagen Denmark. A serious amount of traveling, delivering a serious amount of content, within the 3 tracks Manage, Analyze and Mobilize. A number of...
Sybase TechWave is back in Vegas Baby!.. The glowing light in the hot Mojave Desert, Las Vegas, is this week the location for the hottest & brightest technologies in the IT industry… presented by Sybase & SAP. Check out the TechWave Website For me I have been involved in the pr...
I wanted to use my blog to tell you about some of the best productivity apps I have come across in the last year, which have really transformed how I work. If you are like me and constantly on the move and your Converged Mobile Device (SmartPhone and/or Tablet) has become your virtual ...
The advent of BYOD (bring your own device) culture to the Enterprise has ushered about the “app culture” faster for IT departments than expected. Analysts agree that key to IT’s future in mobilizing today’s workforce lies with mobile device management and the move toward an Enterprise ...
Just over a month ago I spoke to a few colleges on the subject of Enterprise Mobility and I went into my Evangelistic mode proclaiming that… “Mobility in business is now the norm and that any company that is not looking at mobilizing their workforce and creating Mobile Info...
We have a new YouTube Channel created exclusively for SUP Developer Content. As an initial offering, I have created an 8-part series on getting started with SUP and some features of SUP 2.0. These are meant to complement the excellent documentation created for SUP 2.0. To increase the...
The successful Enterprise Mobility Guide 2011, that was published by Sybase two months ago, is finally available on your iOS device in iBooks format. If you’re like me and have embraced a mobile lifestyle, so much so that you want your publications on your device, this is it! Thi...
We are now at the end of SAP’s global SAPPHIRE NOW and ASUG Annual Conference, in Orlando (May 15 – 18) and there have been some interesting announcements and information coming out, with regard to Sybase & SAP. So if you have not been able to keep up with the coverage,...
At the recent Mobile Enterprise Summit on April 26 in San Francisco, there was a Fireside Chat titled “Create Your Apportunity”, with our own Dr Raj Nathan of Sybase and JP Finnell of GigaOM Pro. I have been in attendance at a few of these ‘fireside‘ chats with Raj, both in...
I thought I would get the iThain’s iPhone Crystal Ball out again, polish it up and gaze a few months ahead towards the end of 2011. First of all I have to say that I do not think we will see the device until the latter half of this year, maybe just before the end of [...]
As the UK waits for the marriage of Price William to Kate Middleton tomorrow, I have heard an interesting thought that I wanted share with you all, and one that is part of our current mobile lifestyle we now all embrace. For Prince William, waiting at the alter tomorrow in Westminster ...
Time for a little bit for shameless self promotion. This week I appeared on Forbes.com in their CIO Central area here. This article is related to my story in the recently published Sybase Enterprise Mobility Guide 2011… check it out here This 130-page book is aimed at Senior Busi...
To get here, over that last 8 weeks, we have mentioned using a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) – the Sybase UnWired Platform (SUP) to create Mobile Business Objects (MBO’s) that abstract our datasources and define what will be synchronized to our iOS Mobile Cl...
Here we are on the eve before of what will definitely be the next iPad Gold Rush… the iPad2. I expect to see this in the media, in various ways. Already I have been spotting articles of some dedicated folks staking claim, to the first place in line, at some Apple Stores and I exp...
In the 7th and penultimate article of my Sybase UnWired Platform Series developing against iOS, we have created the app and now need to iteratively test. Testing the iOS/SUP application uses a combination of Apple’s Xcode Environment, the SUP Control Center and the Logs generated...
Over the last few weeks we have seen the public announcement of iPhone OS 4.0 and the news of the lost prototype iPhone HD, so I thought I would revisit my iPhone Crystal Ball predictions to see how close I was. iPhone SDK Private APIs becoming public, such as the SDK having an easy wa...
Everyone has known for a while that Apple would soon be coming out with an update to the iPhone OS. We knew it would have some great enhancements for enterprise use, but, since Apple is great at keep secrets, everyone has been waiting with baited breath to see what those enhancements w...
Today Sybase reported record results for the fourth quarter and full year ended Dec. 31, 2009. These figures are the best Quarter in the company history. Total revenue of $331.7 million for Q409 and $1.17 billion for full year. These figure continue to show Sybase’s position as the ind...
Yakov Werde has just written an article on DevX, which looks at the new version of Sybase's long running and successfull RAD development tool... PowerBuilder. 'A dormant giant gets a new lease on life as a .NET-compatible development environment.' I dont know if I totally agree with hi...
Having been the lone male in my house for a long time, I get outvoted on many things, but especially the TV. Luckily I am proud to say that I am a tech/gadget geek as well, as an admirer and part-time developer for iPhone, so I sometimes retire to my study in the evenings to investigat...
I am always on the lookout for proof points to my thoughts on Enterprise Mobility and I was happy to find a great piece of coverage from Eric Lai of ComputerWorld that appeared last week. He wrote a Q&A with John Chen and was able to share some great insight, with regard to Sybase and ...
I want to let you know about an upcoming "iPhone in the Enterprise" seminar that is being held in San Francisco on September 24, 2009. If you're in the Bay area, plan to come hear experts from AT&T, SAP and Sybase, about key strategies and best practices for deploying the iPhone in the...
For latest iPhone, Mobility & Sybase articles check out http://ianthain.ulitzer.com and at Twitter @ithain As one of the Sybase Tools Technical Evangelist, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes e...