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Sybase iAnywhere announced availability of support for Apple iPhone during the first international iPhone Developer Summit, colocated with AJAXWorld Conference & Expo 2008 East. Information Anywhere now enables IT organizations to provide secure delivery of Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange enterprise email to iPhone users, in addition to a broad range of other mobile devices. Sybase iAnywhere’s unique approach to providing enterprise email support for the iPhone reduces potential security concerns while still providing a rich user experience utilizing native iPhone applications. “We’ve had significant demand from our customer base for iPhone support, as companies want to allow the iPhone as an approved device choice for wireless email, along with their other Windows Mobile, Symbian or Palm devices,” said Mark Willnerd, vice president, Sybase iAnywhere. “In addi... (more)

iPhone OS 3.0 Hits the Streets Today

Today June 17, is the day that iPhone OS 3.0 is available to the masses for download and I'm predicting upgrade fever will be the phrase for today and the next few weeks. History... On May 6th 2009, after a few rapid cycles, iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 5 was released for general consumption, still within the iPhone Developer Program and under NDA. Though the big news that accompanied it, was that Apple would no longer be accepting any iPhone or iPod touch applications that were not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0.To quote Apple's email... "Beginning today, all submissions to the App Store will be reviewed on the latest beta of iPhone OS 3.0. If your app submission is not compatible with iPhone OS 3.0, it will not be approved." This started developers and companies alike to certify their applications for 3.0. Sybase was one such company that successfully re-certified their iA... (more)

My Three iPhone Predictions For 2010

iPhone Summit at Cloud Expo Yeah, it's this time of the year. Again. Making predictions is so tempting... This year I'll cover just the iPhone. 1. Apple will let Flash Player on iPhone no later than October ’10. They don’t have a choice, if they want to stay competitive. Enough of a crippled Web browser already. 2. ActionScript won’t kill, but will seriously damage Objective-C as the language of choice for development of iPhone applications. The programs written in ActionScript will be a lot more entertaining and engaging than today's iPhone applications. 3. The next version of the Droid phone will be so cool, that I’ll switch from iPhone / AT&T to Droid/Verizon. Verizon’s phone service is clearly better. I just need a modern device. Lots of people in the USA will do the same. Should I put the money where my mouth is and purchase some VZ stocks? OK. Two more. Not exa... (more)

Exclusive Q&A with Senthil Krishnapillai of Sybase iAnywhere

In this Exclusive Q&A with SYS-CON's Jeremy Geelan, Senthil Krishnapillai - Sybase iAnywhere's Director of Product Management - talks about the mobile email market and Sybase iAnywhere's most recent announcements regarding Mobile Office and the iPhone 3.0. Jeremy Geelan: Starting at 35,000 feet first: what's the overall state of enterprise-class email, on mobile devices? How fast is the sector growing? Senthil Krishnapillai: According to Gartner, "Wireless e-mail is going mainstream in the enterprise. There are approximately 100 million wireless e-mail users worldwide, of which about 30 million are business users. By year-end 2010, wireless e-mail users will increase in number to more than 300 million." From Sybase's perspective, the mobile email market has certainly matured. Enterprises now expect a fully functional comprehensive email and PIM solution. Users expe... (more)

iPhone Able to Be Adopted by Enterprise Businesses

Following on from my earlier blog "Securing and Delivering Business Data on the iPhone" , today Sybase shipped a new version of iAnywhere Mobile Office for Windows Mobile, Symbian and iPhone users in the enterprise. The new release offers enhanced administrative, network security, deployment features and allows the extension of enterprise-class email and PIM data from Lotus Domino and Microsoft Exchange mobile devices. In turn this will allow the reduction of the total cost of ownership when extending email and business processes. In particular this is major news for the iPhone's ability to be adopted by businesses, as iAnywhere Mobile Office provides a unique approach for security with an enterprise application sandbox model for email, calendar and tasks along with on-device and over-the-air encryption as well as application password protection. It also allows use... (more)

Why Java Is More Relevant Than Ever in the Mobile Age

I was programming in C++ for a living when I fell in love with Java. It was an unintended affair. At the time, I was following a trend with the limited language of C++, which didn't even have operator overloading or templates, but boasted simplicity and the ability to write the code once and run it anywhere (otherwise known as WORA). But Java came along and changed everything. In fact, despite what most people say about Java in the mobile age, I still find it relevant, useful and an important coding tool going forward. Java's WORA was much maligned during its early years, but people tend to forget how difficult things were before Java came along. Java was designed as a language of minimalism: There are less ways to accomplish a certain task, but that also makes it easy to go back in and make changes or corrections. With free and open tools, it made tackling the issu... (more)

Stewart McKie Launches Mobile Tagging and Content Delivery Topic on Ulitzer

Stewart McKie launched today the Vizitag Mobile Tagging and Content Delivery topic on Ulitzer. Stewart McKie has 25 years of IT industry experience. His education includes a MSc in Organization Consulting and a MA in Screenwriting. He was the Technology Editor of Business Finance magazine during 1995-2000 and also wrote regular features for Intelligent Enterprise magazine. He is the author of six books on accounting software and over 50 technology white papers. His current focus is his mobile tagging web app Vizitag.com and his scenewriting web app Scenewrite.com. Focused on the mobile tagging space (i.e. QR Codes and MS tags) used to connect offline tags to online content optimized for mobile delivery. ... (more)

SAP & Sybase: Transforming Today's Mobile Workforce

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)

Technology Face-Off: Augmented Reality vs Mobile Image

There are 3 new technologies competing for attention on today’s mobile phones: Augmented Reality (AR), Mobile Image Recognition (MIR) and Mobile Tagging (MT). This briefing aims to provide a short introduction to all three, position them against each other and illustrate how all they can co-exist together. Augmented Reality (AR) AR uses the current view (front end) of the real world visible through your phone camera to display online content (back end) linked to specific objects located within the view. AR does this by using GPS co-ordinates to figure out a ‘start position’ of where you are and your phone’s built-in gyroscopic compass to orientate to specifically what you are looking at. The combination of where you are and what your orientation is allows the AR software to resolve to back end content that adds some perspective to what it is you are looking at. AR ... (more)

Cloud Computing, Big Data & Smart Mobile Apps to Drive IT Spending in 2014

Big bucks continue to be spent on hardware and software, with a marked increase in cloud services, according to a new report. Forrester released the data of its annual survey on IT spending worldwide and detected areas with higher spending, including apps and tablets. Forrester Research's annual report on worldwide IT spending split the amount of $2.06 trillion spent this year from businesses and governments between hardware, software and services related to the IT world. CIOs and IT decision-makers plan their biggest software spending increases in mobile applications and middleware, analytics, security, and collaboration software, according to an article on CloudTimes.org. Software registered the largest share of tech spending in 2013 and companies will continue to spend in this segment particularly on smart and cloud computing in 2014. While investment in legacy a... (more)

Sybase Named “Silver Sponsor” of iPhone Developer Summit

SYS-CON Events announced today that Sybase, the largest enterprise software and services company, was named "Silver Sponsor" of SYS-CON's iPhone Developer Summit. The Summit is co-located with the 4th International Cloud Computing Conference & Expo, which will take place on November 2 - 4, 2009, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The iPhone Developer Summit is an intensive and content-rich one-day program designed to satisfy the growing hunger among software developers and IT professionals for a broad spectrum of sessions informing developers what kinds of development options and opportunities the iPhone provides. Sybase is the industry leader in delivering mission-critical enterprise software to manage, analyze and mobilize information. Sybase provides a comprehensive platform and set of solutions to mobilize data and business process... (more)