Mobile Devices settle Stormy Waters

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George Farr, Senior product manager, IM Mobile strategy and delivery, IBM

Watching mobile devices at work during the recent devastation that hurricane Sandy unleashed on the Eastern US seaboard was remarkable at best. The term SMEM (social media in emergency management) was erected and will likely be a term used going forward into disaster recovery. Social networks, with the mobile device at its core, turned into lifelines, emergency rescue tools and for some, just peace of mind that loved ones and neighbours were ok. And while the devastation reigned large and lingered for days, the ability to communicate and connect made some of Sandy bearable. To a degree, life could move on and things could get done, amidst the chaos.

Now, take that scenario and apply it to business. Surely, thousands of databases went down, power outages were rampant and prolonged. But this is where the mobile device helps organizations keep things moving at somewhat of an acceptable pace during crisis mode. This is actually technology that IBM offers with the IBM Mobile Database and is an example of the way organizations today structure their data and communications planning to ensure ‘mobile’ is readily available. Having mobile applications accessible to employees, to help ensure everyday business runs smoothly is key. And now in times of crisis, as in the case of Sandy, to ensure things can just keep chugging along.

IBM Mobile Database is a new database offering for Android mobile devices. It is a light weight database that runs on Android. It offers a tight integration between a customer’s mobile solution and their existing DB2 or Informix environment. The new offering makes it easier for mobile developers to develop and assemble applications for Android devices. Together with the solidDB offering, IBM Mobile Database provides the capability to synchronize data with DB2 and Informix databases.

The reality of today’s organizations is that employees are mobile now almost by nature. This technology allow customers to be able to use the Database in disconnected mode, in other words while not connected to the server or their enterprise database, or anywhere near it for that matter. They can then replicate to their servers at a later time. This technology also comes with state of the art security to protect their data from any intruders.

Enterprise organizations are being given the same opportunities to leverage mobile technology in the same way consumers started doing a decade ago. It’s cheap, and in the case of IBM’s technology, it’s free! Why free? IBM is committed to enhancing the value proposition for DB2/Informix. This product gives a well-rounded and complete solution for our Enterprise customers who want to have mobility as part of their solution. And IBM believes this is a technology that organizations cannot afford not to have.

Check out these links for more information.

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  • Or, if you want to start writing your android code, here are few links to get you started.

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George Farr has been a tester, developer, team leader, technical planner, development manager, solution manager, and World wide Market manager for IBM Power tools & compilers.  Most recently George has assumed the World Wide Information Management senior product manager role for Mobile strategy and delivery.
George is an award-winning speaker and prolific author of articles on Power system. He holds a specialized honors degree in computer science and mathematics from York University in Toronto. He’s the author of many books, which includes “Java for RPG Programmer,” “Java for S/390 and AS/400 COBOL Programmers” and “ILE: A First Look” and “RPG IV by Example.”

mobile database

The major highlights include:

·   Persistent data storage

·   Transactional storage also during connection loss

·   Automatic recovery

·   Fast and reliable access to enterprise data offline

·   Data security

·   Built-in replication capabilities allowing synchronization with IBM databases

·   Full-featured relational DB with standard SQL API, procedures, triggers

·   6 MB footprint zero admin database to fit on mobile devices

·   Flexible options such as partitioning data or creating views to customize data for each device or user

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