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I was speaking to a friend of mine this week about iPhone development, especially around database development. I posed, what I thought was a straight forward question to him, which opened a whole can of worms, but worms that I've seen before. My scenario went like this... I want an app that uses SQLite on the device. I would want that device to get DB updates/records, securely over the air,  specific to that user and I want the database to be secure. Those updates/records I want to come from a Server DB, that could be any of the Enterprise Database. I want the user to use the application, which could add, delete or create new records in the device database, then the application should send its changes back securely across the air to the Enterprise DB. My friend thought on it for a while then said... Based on what you've written, then I would suggest some possibilities... (more)

What Hardware Changes Will iPhone OS 3.0 Bring?

On June 22 I will be Chairing the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in NYC. Along with me will be some great industry presenters and colleagues from Sybase/iAnywhere showing off  the Enterprise capabilities they have for iPhone. In preparation for this event I have been searching around for what the industry thinks Apple will announce, when the new OS and  hopefully hardware becomes available, and I found a great article by Brian Chen of the Gadget Lab in Wired.com. Brian summarizes the rumors and puts a percentage probability next to each, that the feature will be announced with the next device. The article is called Rumor Round-Up: Everything We’ve Heard About the Next  iPhone and can be found here . I personally am hoping that the Processor, RAM & Storage get increased, along with an upgrade to the camera. These would be my must have, whilst my nice to have list... (more)

App Store Will Have to Evolve

This week I have been monitoring a few stories which all link together really nicely, with respect to the continued growth in Mobile Applications and developer education. Here are the stories I have been tracking... Jeanette Der Bedrosian, USA TODAY wrote about... "An iPhone Developer University Program launched last fall, however, allows qualifying colleges and universities to produce iPhone apps at no cost, spurring several institutions to offer a course in the technology. Apple declined to comment on the number of schools participating, but they include Stanford and NJIT". Check out the full story here Maggie shields, BBC News discussed... "The market for mobile applications, or apps, will become "as big as the internet", peaking at 10 million apps in 2020, a leading online store says.". Check out the full story here Neil Hughes, AppleInsider stated... "Acknowl... (more)

ClickInsights: Mistakes to Avoid in Copy Used for Lead Generation

Content Marketing Journal on Ulitzer One of the purposes of writing copy is to generate leads. What are the challenges in writing good copy that not only educates prospects and customers but also draws them in as leads for your business? We have invited White Paper Experts to shed light on the following question: "What mistakes must a copywriter avoid in copy used for lead generation?". Read on to get their insights. Recommended Resources from Experts on white papers Books Michael Stelzner's Book Writing White Papers: How to Capture Readers and Keep Them Engaged Jonathan Kantor's Crafting White Paper 2.0 Bob Bly's Book The White Paper Marketing Handbook Others WhitePaperSource Online Forum WhitePaperSource Newsletter How to Write a White Paper – A White Paper on White Papers Scribd for reference and distribution of white papers 5 Steps to a White Paper that Pulls in... (more)

A Brief History of the Agile Movement

In February this year the agile movement completed 11 years of existence. I am sure you are either using some form of agile methodology or examining the possibility of using them. But, are you aware of how the agile movement happened? Did it happen by chance or was it inevitable? Do you know what influenced the agile manifesto? Who the authors are? What are their backgrounds and what do they do now? How was the name “Agile” selected? The Influencers It is clear from the notes published by Jon Kern that four methodologies had significant influence on the manifesto – they are: Scrum (Jeff Sutherland and Ken Schwaber – also Mike Beedle) DSDM (DSDM Consortium represented by Arie van Bennekum) ASD (Jim Highsmith) XP (Kent Beck, Ward Cunningham and Ron Jeffries – Martin Fowler) Prior to the meet all these methodologies were classified as “Lightweight Methodologies”. The mee... (more)

Beyond DevOps… APM as a Collaboration Engine

In the beginning there was a simply acronym: MTTI (mean time to innocence). Weary after years of costly and time-consuming war room battles, IT organizations turned to AppDynamics to give an objective application-level view of production incidents. As a result, application issues are swiftly pinpointed and fixed, accelerating time to repair by up to 90%. In fact, gravitation towards fact-based constructive issue management spawned a whole new movement – DevOps – with the goal of ingraining this maturity and cooperative spirit into IT organizations from the ground up. The movement was discussed by Jim in a previous blog post. Of course, AppDynamics (or at least, easily accessible fact-based information about application behaviour in production) is a necessary prerequisite to this. Looking back, before DevOps or even MTTI were topical buzzwords, this basic ability to ... (more)

BA Insight's Longitude Connectors Fully Optimized for Microsoft SharePoint 2013

NEW YORK, Oct. 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- BA Insight (www.BAInsight.com), the leader in agile information integration and enterprise search, announced today that its Longitude Connectors are all compatible with Microsoft SharePoint 2013.   Enterprises will be able to connect Microsoft SharePoint to more than 30 business critical enterprise systems for unified information access and cross-platform search when the new SharePoint release is available in November.  Microsoft's go-to partner for advanced search technologies, BA Insight enables customers to leverage their investments in SharePoint, FAST Search.  Longitude Connectors provide knowledge workers with a single point of access to all information, people, and expertise across the enterprise using highly targeted and easy to deploy business applications.  The key benefit is that knowledge workers can access line o... (more)

Query 2.0 and Cloud Computing: special 'SQL' for unstructured data proposed

I have written about the Query 2.0 and Query 3.0 frameworks. I haven't had the time to do sketch that all out. I soon will. Read my predictions on Query if you need to read more on that. Google is the Query 1.0 leader. Microsoft is planning to up Google's old 1.0 plans with its $ 44 Bn acquisition of Yahoo, but I really wonder if that will help them. We have several newer players like Facebook, LinkedIn, all offering parts of the Query 2.0 architecture. You know who is already heading towards the Query 2.5 (if not already 3) Model? Yes, you guessed it right! Amazon!!! I was getting some warmth from their data centers when I saw that they were doing simple DB query, they offer simpler and easier means of offering you data or to say in the data terms "result sets". The key is simplification, we are seeing a simplification of infrastructure and true, Virtualization is he... (more)

One World, One Life, One Commute, One Device

When I travel into any city I see folks performing many tasks, reading a book, listening to music, texting on phones and catching up on emails (sometimes on laptops or mobile devices). These are all great uses of that commuting time and is the way that workers are now extending their normal hours into the 'grey' time between home and the office. Let's face it, it makes the mundane journey pass in a flash and relieves some of that stress. Problem is, that with each of these tasks, usually comes a different item and the mobile commuter/worker becomes less than mobile and more like a walking IT/Electrical store. So I was interested in seeing that today Amazon has released Kindle for iPhone, which is an iPhone application that lets you read Kindle e-books on your iPhone or iPod Touch. With the release of this application, Amazon has extended the reach off its own e-boo... (more)

Close Encounters of the 3.0 iPhone Kind

On the Apple campus today March 17, Apple hosted a special media event that focused on and introduced the next generation of the iPhone OS... 3.0. It was an invitation-only event that has drawn much interest over the last week, across many blogs and in turn created much speculation of what was going to be announced. If you asked any self respecting iPhone developer, you would get many wish-list items as well as the same from iPhone users, well now the truth is out there! Here are the statistical points from the event... iPhone now in 80 Countries - 13.7M units in 2008 17M altogether.,.. including iPod Touch 30M units 800,000 downloads of the SDK & 50,000 companies & individuals join the Apple iPhone Developer Program (62% never developed for Apple before) Over 25,000 Apps Submitted 96% approved... 800,000 downloads   3.0 is a major update for iPhone & iPod Touch for D... (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)