Sybase: gravitational pull to HTML 5 within two years

    By: Mr. Adrian Bridgwater on Jun 02, 2011

    If you read your IT newswires you might have seen Sybase iAnywhere president Terry Stepien’s recent comments stating that enterprises will “mostly using HTML 5″ within two years to deliver business software to various devices.

    Stepien was speaking to bloggers and other technically minded attendees at SAP’s Sapphire conference in Orlando – his rationale was to outline his division’s plans to deliver enterprise apps to mobile devices and discuss some of the integration issues involved.

    SAP for its part is intending to building a single mobile stack and move towards a central position -- the current situation being that SAP apps are built on mobile NetWeaver as well as Sybase.


    SAP’s ace in the hole is the use of HTML5 as a route to targeting multiple devices such as Apple’s iPad, RIM’s PlayBook and Android tablets -- this move has an obvious eye on Adobe’s Flash, which is not an option for delivering content to the iPad.

    Stepien was also heard to comment on the fact that SAP and Sybase working on technologies such as automating paper processes, a step taken to provide what is probably an easy mobility wins for customers -- and all of this will matter even more as mobile commerce and analytics take a firmer hold at the enterprise level.

    “Two years from now the enterprise will be mostly using HTML 5. When that will be is the tougher question,” said Stepien in a slightly confused comment – we thought two years means two years no? Although he went on to warn that, “Companies need to have more bench strength to be able to do HTML 5.”

    Stepien also said that he anticipates that the BlackBerry PlayBook will be regarded as a solid enterprise tablet. “This is a point in time comment, but enterprises will lean toward BlackBerry because they already have infrastructure in place - it’s the natural course.”

    Released: June 2, 2011, 6:50 am | Updated: March 22, 2014, 5:01 pm
    Keywords: Industry Trends News | iAnywhere | Sybase

    Mike Harrold Not just for mobility...
    By: Mike Harrold | Posted: June 2, 2011, 8:29 am

    I am currently listening to PowerBuilder Product Manager Sue Dunnell talking about the HTML5 direction for PowerBuilder.  This is based both on the industry-wide adoption of HTML5, as well as Microsoft's apparent movement away from Silverlight to HTML5.  




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