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Sybase's Chen Addresses Mobile Enterprise IT

Discusses App Development in CTIA Keynote

“We have gained great insight into what enterprise customers care about when they take their data on the road,” said Sybase CEO John Chen in remarks he made at the recent CTIA conference and exhibition in New Orleans.  “We are familiar with the pain points they worry about. We are aware of the types of data that need to be pulled together to create meaningful information in real time. Our experience gives us a different perspective on mobilizing data since we are not a carrier or a handset-maker. We are an enterprise software provider.”

Chen noted that Sybase, originally known as a relational database company, has been active in developing software technology mobile enterprise for a decade. The company has also been pursuing an “unwired enterprise” strategy for several years, and announced two acquisitions in line with this strategy in early May.

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The first was that of ISDD, “which adds unstructured data management features to both our information management and mobility solutions,” Chen had said in announcing the acquisition. ISDD technology indexes and queries across both unstructured and structured data sources, and websites making all types of information available to general users.

The second acquisition was that of Avaki Corp., a privately-held provider of enterprise information integration (EII) software. Avaki helps companies in data-intensive industries deploy their business information systems,” an official Sybase announcement stated. Chen said that Avaki’s software “enables advanced applications to be built in a virtual, service oriented architecture, rapidly and easily pulling together information from a variety of sources and locations. This approach helps our customers to gain further returns on from their existing technology investments.”

In his New Orleans presentation, Chen outlined a commitment to developers, saying, “we believe that the proper way to build the ‘unwired enterprise’ is from the core of the enterprise outwards to the edge...to enable this functionality, Sybase builds many toolsets for mobile application development.”

Sybase is also becoming well-known among Linux developers through its Adaptive Server Enterprise strategy, and has garnered LinuxWorld’s “Best Linux Database” award among its accolades.

Chen added that in developing for the enterprise, “this applications space is different from email. You need a tie into the primary data assets and core business processes of the enterprise. Email deployments by and large lack that link to the core…as data flows from the data center to the mobile device you have security considerations and platform adjustments for screen size and battery life. You have synch and go concerns since people aren’t connected all the time. And…you need the analytics so that only the relevant information is delivered to the point of action.”


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Roger Strukhoff (@IoT2040) is Executive Director of the Tau Institute for Global ICT Research, with offices in Illinois and Manila. He is Conference Chair of @CloudExpo & @ThingsExpo, and Editor of SYS-CON Media's CloudComputing BigData & IoT Journals. He holds a BA from Knox College & conducted MBA studies at CSU-East Bay.

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