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Ian Thain

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iPhone and Increasing Mobile Device Functionality

True mobile office and seamless access to back-end enterprise systems

I believe that we really do live in a Mobile World, which is driven by the latest and greatest Smartphone’s around. Lets face it, the majority of us love our gadgets and the more powerful the better!

So to investigate my thoughts, against a larger community, I recently used the LinkedIn Poll facility. Here are the results I found, that reinforce what I thought.

For those Enterprise Mobile Device users, it seems that over 92% look at the trend of increasing functionality on their devices as important. In fact 71% feel that increasing mobile device enterprise functionality is essential. Remember these devices are now more powerful that the early desktop PC's and give the mobile user the benefit to many functions, that in turn can give them the competitive edge in this critical economic climate.

 

 

If we focus on the iPhone business community especially, the key features that folks feel are essential to the use of the iPhone in their Enterprise are in house applications and PIM (Personal Information Management) data. This breaks down to just over half (52%). In-house applications are looked on by 26% of the users as being key and 17% for just PIM data alone. I would be very surprised if this is not representative of other platform users.

 

 

At the SYS-CON iPhone Developer Summit in NYC on June 22-23, my colleague Senthil Krishnapillai will be presenting on the subject that Business users are actively embracing Apple’s iPhone and bringing it into the enterprise - both through the back door and the front door. He will cover the belief that iPhone developers have a significant opportunity to help businesses gain a competitive advantage by empowering workers with a true mobile office – secure email, mobilized business processes, and seamless access to back-end enterprise systems. Senthil believes that, in order to achieve this vision and help companies truly realize the power of the iPhone in the enterprise; a mobile infrastructure is needed that enables enterprises to move away from single ‘one-off’ applications to a more strategic mobile platform.

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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