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iPhone Able to Be Adopted by Enterprise Businesses

Sybase knows how to make the iPhone enterprise-ready!

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.

Mobile Office

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 users to synchronize contacts and perform a corporate directory lookup to find colleagues.

Currently for iPhone users, all data in the native iPhone inbox, calendar, and contacts applications is unprotected and stored in clear text. Furthermore the iPhone does not have a concept of tasks, that most of us rely upon day-to-day, so the creation of that within iAnywhere Mobile Office will be a great benefit. Of the other two solutions that are available, Microsoft Exchange relies on the unprotected native applications on the iPhone, as do other public email services and IBM Lotus Notes users have no native iPhone solution, but a browser-based solution, that does not allow the interaction with PIM and email, if connectivity is lost.

So I can safely say that Sybase knows how to make the iPhone enterprise-ready!

The iAnywhere Mobile Office iPhone client can be found on the Apple iTunes App Store from today here or search on the keywords “Sybase iAnywhere" and if you want to learn more there is an iAnywhere Mobile Office – iPhone Webcast on March 26th, 11 a.m. Eastern. You can register here.

You can also check out a Q&A with Senthil Krishnapillai of Sybase iAnywhere

NOTE: The Mobile Office Client requires use of iAnywhere Mobile Office Server and a client access license to connect with email systems.

More Stories By Ian Thain

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