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iPhone Is Not an Island...Share Your Valuable Treasure

Sync or be marooned

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What is so special about a Converged Mobile Device (CMD) or commonly know Smart Phones? The clue is in their name and if you have asked yourself that question, then you have either never tried a device such as an iPhone or have fallen off of the earths surface for a few years. CMD's are fully functional mobile computers, with orders-of-magnitude more computing power in them, that took man to the moon and back, as well as great hardware and operating system features.

Today's CMD's, such as the iPhone and the soon to hit the streets iPad are fantastic devices that are being used by Enterprise Businesses and Consumers alike. These devices are able to connect to the internet, have the ability to run pretty complex applications and also store data locally.

I can see the iPad becoming the 'darling' of the Mobile Information Workers... a great device that has a proven OS and a device that can run Enterprise Built Applications on a large screen. This is not to take anything away from iPhone in The Enterprise, where the same users can carry a smaller device but with a limited screen and both running the same application, though with different User Interface views on the same data. In fact the pair of devices complement each other perfectly!

iPhone is not an islandThese 'Smart Client Apps' can capture data at source and even carry on running whilst not having data coverage. In an average day for these devices, they can become very valuable with the large amounts  of locally stored information on-board,  but an iPhone/iPad/CMD is not an Island... you need to share your valuable treasure of information, so my message is sync or be marooned!

So you should be saying to yourself...

  • I want that device to get Database updates/records, securely over the air,  specific to that user and I want the database to be secure.
  • I want those updates/records to come from a Server Database, that could be any of the Enterprise Database.
  • I want the user to use the Smart Client Application, which could add, delete or create new records in the on-device database, then the application should send only its changes back securely across the air to the Enterprise DB
  • I want Synchronization... islands of information are bad!

Check out my full article from last year, "i(Phone) Have My Data Here, Now I Want It There...What's the Problem?", here. This is the bread & butter of Sybase's Mobile Enterprise and we can help you even build your Smart Client applications for heterogeneous devices as well.

More Stories By Ian Thain

As one of the Sybase Technical Evangelists, Ian regularly addresses technical audiences all over the world and his sessions are always very well attended. He also writes education classes, whitepapers, demos and articles for various Sybase products and publishes regularly in Journals such as SYS-CON's PBDJ and International Developer Magazine. He is also the Sybase Unwired Platform & PocketBuilder Evangelist and works closely with the team in Dublin, CA and Concord, MA on new features and demonstrations for the products. In his customer-facing Evangelist role, Ian is very involved with the design, production and testing of Enterprise class Unwired Solutions, that have been implemented using Sybase's Unwired tools for Sybase customers around the globe. In addition, Ian is a dedicated technical expert continually working with Sybase's key partners and clients to enhance the capabilities of the Unwired solutions that Sybase can offer to its customers. Ian can also be found on Twitter @ithain