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When finance managers think of data consumption, it is often in the context of controlling mobile phone bills and business mobility costs. Yet application developers are busily creating new mobile applications that provide mobile information workers with greater access to corporate data, in more innovative ways than before. Many of these applications also collect standard data, as well as new forms of data and feed it back to corporate information systems. Recently I happened upon this remarkable statistic. Over the last five years, data usage on AT&T’s mobile phone network has grown 20,000 percent, and data usage continues to double annually. Perhaps a piece of that growth is being driven by iPhone and iPad content consumers and mobile NetFlix subscribers. But this is also an indicator that something else is happening. There are a lot of data hungry content consume... (more)

Real Programmers Use Blobs

They are as basic as it gets. They are the one way we can look at data without restriction, using our own rules to define their existence, their transformation, and their value; they are the molding clay of data. We call them BLOBs. Once we know the structure of a file or any data, we can use a BLOB to mimic or manipulate it and, in some cases, create new files from scratch. What are BLOBs? Why should you care? And what can you use them for? Quite simply, BLOBs are how we handle data in a raw form, sometimes without any in-depth knowledge of their structure, just the knowledge th... (more)

Sybase Development Tools Boot Camp

I went to Vienna for the Sybase Development Tools Boot Camp in November, my first trip to Europe. Haven't seen much yet, except the duty free sections of the airports, after my 10-hour flight from Johannesburg, and a nice three-hour stopover at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. Then the two-hour trip to Vienna, and a half-hour taxi ride to the hotel here in Vienna. When I arrived here at the Trend Albatros, it just started to snow. Now, to all you Europeans, that possibly doesn't mean much, but the last time I saw snow was in 1982. (It doesn't snow much in South Africa.) Back then, I... (more)

Will Apple Make the M-Wallet a Reality?

Lately there has been a lot of rumor on the web about the iPhone 5, or whatever it will be called... 4GS? Also today we have the announcement of the iPad 2. One thing that most iSpeculators and Technical iBloggers seem to agree on, with regard to the iPhone 5, along with more internal memory for running of programs and a faster processor, is the use of NFC (Near Field Communication). Yes still speculation until the time the next iPhone will be announced, which will probably be in June at Apple's WWDC (World Wide Developer Conference), but worth talking about in advance. I am also... (more)

Release Candidate for Free PowerBuilder .NET Training Video Posted

This week PBDJ will publish part one of a series I am writing called "PowerBuilder .NET RESTful Web Services:  A quick-start how-to guide".   I'm also producing an accompanying video demo series.  To get the buzz going I decided to make each section of the demo video separately available.  When all the pieces are completed I'll tie them all together in a single indexed video tutorial.  The complete video will most probably be published on Sybase.com.  In the first installment, I show the demo program UI and explain the code structure architecture.  Click on this link to watch the... (more)

Electronic Medical Records Mobile App

At Mobile World Congress last week in Barcelona, I had the great fortune to interview... Dr. Josep M. Picas, CIO, Hospital de St. Pau Barcelona Dr. Josep M. Picas. M.D, at the University of Barcelona. Diploma at the ESADE Business School of Barcelona. He is the President of the European Association of Healthcare IT Managers (Brussels). From 2009 he is the CIO of the Hospital de St. Pau in Barcelona, Spain. He began his career in 1974 as a medical doctor; he was appointed Director of the Hospital de l’Esperança, in Barcelona, in 1979. From 1982 to 2004 he was the Director of PAMEM... (more)

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As we enter a new year, it is time to look back over the past year and resolve to improve upon it. In 2014, we will see more service providers resolve to add more personalization in enterprise technology. Below are seven predictions about what will drive this trend toward personalization.
IT organizations face a growing demand for faster innovation and new applications to support emerging opportunities in social, mobile, growth markets, Big Data analytics, mergers and acquisitions, strategic partnerships, and more. This is great news because it shows that IT continues to be a key stakeholder in delivering business service innovation. However, it also means that IT must deliver new innovation despite flat budgets, while maintaining existing services that grow more complex every day.
Cloud computing is transforming the way businesses think about and leverage technology. As a result, the general understanding of cloud computing has come a long way in a short time. However, there are still many misconceptions about what cloud computing is and what it can do for businesses that adopt this game-changing computing model. In this exclusive Q&A with Cloud Expo Conference Chair Jeremy Geelan, Rex Wang, Vice President of Product Marketing at Oracle, discusses and dispels some of the common myths about cloud computing that still exist today.
Despite the economy, cloud computing is doing well. Gartner estimates the cloud market will double by 2016 to $206 billion. The time for dabbling in the cloud is over! The 14th International Cloud Expo, co-located with 5th International Big Data Expo and 3rd International SDN Expo, to be held June 10-12, 2014, at the Javits Center in New York City, N.Y. announces that its Call for Papers is now open. Topics include all aspects of providing or using massively scalable IT-related capabilities as a service using Internet technologies (see suggested topics below). Cloud computing helps IT cut infrastructure costs while adding new features and services to grow core businesses. Clouds can help grow margins as costs are cut back but service offerings are expanded. Help plant your flag in the fast-expanding business opportunity that is The Cloud, Big Data and Software-Defined Networking: submit your speaking proposal today!
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While unprecedented technological advances have been made in healthcare in areas such as genomics, digital imaging and Health Information Systems, access to this information has been not been easy for both the healthcare provider and the patient themselves. Regulatory compliance and controls, information lock-in in proprietary Electronic Health Record systems and security concerns have made it difficult to share data across health care providers.
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Everyone talks about a cloud-first or mobile-first strategy. It's the trend du jour, and for good reason as these innovative technologies have revolutionized an industry and made savvy companies a lot of money. But consider for a minute what's emerging with the Age of Context and the Internet of Things. Devices, interfaces, everyday objects are becoming endowed with computing smarts. This is creating an unprecedented focus on the Application Programming Interface (API) as developers seek to connect these devices and interfaces to create new supporting services and hybrids. I call this trend the move toward an API-first business model and strategy.
We live in a world that requires us to compete on our differential use of time and information, yet only a fraction of information workers today have access to the analytical capabilities they need to make better decisions. Now, with the advent of a new generation of embedded business intelligence (BI) platforms, cloud developers are disrupting the world of analytics. They are using these new BI platforms to inject more intelligence into the applications business people use every day. As a result, data-driven decision-making is finally on track to become the rule, not the exception.