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Setting the Scene and Overview of a MEAP

Sybase Unwired Platform Article Series #1

As I said in the initial article SUP is a Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP), which in my opinion and also of folks like Gartner, is the only way forward in multiple application mobilization and multiple device support. SUP abstracts the data access and Business Logic into Mobile Business Objects (MBO's) that take care of accessing, updating and deleting back end data. That data could be from files, corporate RDMS and other 3rd party systems such as SAP. If you are on LinkedIn and interested in MEAPs be sure to join the Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms group and take part in the discussions.

Below is a high level architecture diagram of Sybase's MEAP the Sybase Unwired Platform.

SUP Architecture

I can hear you all now... 'But what application was project going to build?

What I decided to code was something that was created four years ago in Sybase PocketBuilder called PocketSurvey, or as I have renamed it, following in the way of iOS applications... iSurvey. Basically iSurvey is a Survey or Lead Retrieval system, which allows the synchronization of many Surveys, into a SQLite database on the iOS device. These Surveys are created in the back-end database containing many questions, and a number of possible answers to each question. Once synchronized to a device the user can approach leads etc and get contact information from them (name, email) and iSurvey will also capture where the contact was approached (via Apple's Core Location Framework). Once the contact is captured in the system, then the appropriate survey can be performed and answers captured, to be synchronised back to the back-end SQL Anywhere database.

Here is a video showing iSurvey

It is a simplistic application, that has a few limitations (such as its single choice answer format), but works and shows the capabilities of SUP and iOS together. if I wanted to take the project further I could additionally develop a client for Windows Mobile and Blackberry.

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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

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