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October 2011 Newsletter

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Table of Contents:

1)        SUG-TX October 25th Meeting
2)        SUG-TX September 27th Meeting Highlights
3)        Future SUG-TX Meetings
4)        Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group
5)        Capgemini Announces Strategic Relationship With Sybase and SAP To Deploy and Develop Enterprise Mobility Solutions
6)        SAP to Mobilize Human Resources With Latest Apps Release
7)        International Sybase User Group Events
8)        Sybase Events
9)        OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting
10)     Sybase Training Schedule (Nov – Dec)

1)  SUG-TX October 25th Meeting

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas did not hold a meeting on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 due to scheduling conflicts.  We look forward to seeing everyone at the next meeting.

2)  SUG-TX September 27th Meeting Highlights

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas held their September meeting on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.  The presentation was the annual TechWave Recap.

SUG-TX Secretary, Cindy Bean, started with an overview of TechWave by explaining the co-location with SAP TechEd and the joint activities like keynotes and the exhibit hall. It was nice to be with a large crowd although TechWave sessions were on a different floor than the rest of TechEd. That made it easier for the TechWave community to be together but also enjoy some of the benefits of a larger conference. Cindy continued with the big announcements for DBAs which was the release of ASE 15.7, to support SAP. There were lots of great sessions on ASE but Sybase didn’t forget the popular Sybase IQ and Replication Server which also had great sessions.

SUG-TX President, Don Clayton gave a recap of the Application Development track. There was lots of excitement surrounding PowerBuilder 12.5 and Sybase’s newfound focus on HTML5 with PowerBuilder 15.  Also, Sybase previewed an HTML5-based version of InfoMaker that made developing web-based reports, replete with business graphics, a snap.  Sybase also announced the “Mobile Analytics Toolkit”, which is a high-end analytical and graphical engine for use with iPads and iPods, as well as HTML5-based clients.

Appeon Corporation announced that Appeon 7 will generate native applications for Andriod and the iPad/iPhone/iPod platforms in 2012.  Appeon previewed the technology, currently in an alpha stage. It was very exciting to see.  The functionality Appeon is committing to is roughly the functionality available in the earlier version of Appeon (circa 2.8), so don’t expect your MDI applications to move seamlessly to iPad (who would want that, anyway?), but expect the ability to develop modern applications in PowerBuilder, but with simpler SDI-based interfaces, and then deploy them via Appeon Developer as either HTML5 or native applications on these important, emerging platforms. Appeon also committed to provide a client-side data caching mechanism that will operate transparently to the developer to allow users to work offline and later synchronize with the server without explicit coding required for the offline data cache.

There was also a lot of information made available at TechWave about Sybase’s Unwired Platform (SUP) which offers both a PowerBuilder-like development experience for mobile devices as well as the Gartner Group Magic Quadrant leading mobile device management platform Afaria. A major target of SUP is the ability to create mobile interfaces to SAP to push SAP-enabled business processes to mobile devices. This only makes sense since Sybase is now a wholly-owned SAP subsidiary.  Thus, Sybase is pulling together a variety of mobile development technologies (PowerBuilder, Mobile Analytics Toolkit, SUP) and combining this with Afaria to create what promises to be a compelling mobile development and mobile management platform for creating corporate applications, widely seen as the next wave of mobile computing. Thus, 2012 is shaping up to be a very exciting year for developers as these products are finalized and brought to market.

The TechWave session materials are available at: http://www.sybase.com/techwave/TWpresentationarchive

You must login with your MySybase account to access the presentations.

3)  Future SUG-TX Meetings

Mark your calendar for future topics for SUG-TX Meetings:

November 22:                No Meeting – Thanksgiving week
December:                    Holiday Party

Send suggestions to secretary@sugtx.org.

Topics for future meetings are subject to change based on speaker availability and scheduling.  Watch the newsletter for details for each meeting.  A meeting will not be held in November due to proximity to the Thanksgiving holiday.  December is the annual holiday party.  SUG-TX usually meets on the 4th Tuesday so add a recurring appointment on your calendar.

4)  Join the SUG-TX LinkedIn Group

The Sybase Users’ Group of Texas has a group in LinkedIn.  If you wish to join, submit a request.  You can find the group by searching for “Sybase Texas” in the groups directory.  Contact secretary@sugtx.org if you have any questions.

5)  Capgemini Announces Strategic Relationship With Sybase and SAP To Deploy and Develop Enterprise Mobility Solutions

Paris — 28 September, 2011 — Capgemini, one of the world’s foremost providers of consulting, technology and outsourcing services, today announced it is cooperating with Sybase, an SAP company, to manage the deployment of enterprise mobility solutions. Capgemini will host mobile solutions powered by industry-leading Sybase® Managed Mobility technologies and offer them on a software-as-a-service (SaaS) and platform-as-a-service (PaaS) basis. In addition, Capgemini and SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) intend to enter into an agreement to build differentiated mobility solutions, through which Capgemini plans to make mobility solutions from SAP availableto customers.

Among corporate users, enterprise mobility is growing as employees increasingly use mobile devices to handle critical tasks and real-time decision-making. Consumer technology is rapidly moving firms’ mobility agendas forward as workers look to have similar mobile experiences that they enjoy in their personal lives.

“We believe now is the time to expand into this market in cooperation with SAP and Sybase, leveraging our expertise and knowledge in mobile solutions,” saidFernando Alvarez, vice president and Mobile Solutions practice leader at Capgemini. “We are able to offer one of the most complete suites of SAP solutions available on premise or as a service, providing multiple options to meet customers’ needs from licensing to implementation, hosting and operation.”

For the full story, visit http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1095021.

6)  SAP to Mobilize Human Resources With Latest Apps Release

New Mobile Apps, Delivered by Sybase® Unwired Platform, to Make Real-Time Human Resources Decisions on Tablets and Smartphones a Reality

LAS VEGAS — Oct. 3, 2011 — Addressing the needs of human resources (HR) departments that support global workforces in real time, SAP AG (NYSE: SAP) today announced a series of new HR-based mobile apps to help managers and employees execute HR-based requests on-the-go. The new mobile apps from SAP will increase employee and manager productivity while connecting people anyplace at anytime, empowering the always-on workforce with real-time mobile capabilities for performing a wide range of HR-related activities, including interviewing job candidates, managing employee performance, entering and approving leave requests and accessing corporate KPIs. The announcement was made at the HR Technology Conference and Exposition, being held in Las Vegas, Nevada, from October 3-5.

Today’s workplace is no longer made up of a set of desks in an office building. Equipped with smartphones and tablet devices, workers are “always on” and have become reliant on mobile technology to manage their personal and professional lives. HR functions are crucial to the business, and delays in approvals and HR-based requests and workflows can result in lost productivity. Managers will be able to search for and view employee profiles, initiate and act on HR-based processes and workflow, collaborate on decisions and events, and access critical data — all from their mobile devices.

For the full story, visit http://www.sybase.com/detail?id=1095066.

7)  International Sybase User Group Events

The International Sybase User Group (ISUG) sponsors events for Special Interests Groups (SIGs), Virtual User Groups, and members.  Sign up for ISUG Membership for as little as $30 for a SUG-TX group basic membership and get access to events and online material.  For more details, visit:

http://www.isug.com/common/JoinISUG.html

8)  Sybase Events

Sybase Seminars, Conferences, Webcasts, Tradeshows, Sports events — whichever way you want to get information from Sybase, they deliver!  Check out future events at:

http://www.sybase.com/about_sybase/events

If you’d like to give feedback on what types of events you think Sybase should offer please email them at events@sybase.com

9)  OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun (HUGS) Meeting

The OpenSolaris / Houston User Group for Sun meets on the second Tuesday of every month.  The next meeting will be on November 8th.

Web Site: http://opensolaris.org/os/project/hugs
Subscribe to the mailing list: http://mail.opensolaris.org/mailman/listinfo/ug-hugs

10)  Sybase Training Schedule (Nov – Dec)

Sybase Dallas Learning Center
14800 Quorum Drive, Suite 505
Dallas, Texas 75240
Contact:  972-687-6400
Register: 1 800-8-SYBASE

Nov 07, 2011 5 days  Fast Track to Adaptive Server Enterprise
Nov 14, 2011 5 days  System and Database Administration: ASE
Nov 21, 2011 3 days  Business Process Modeling with PowerDesigner 15
Dec 05, 2011 5 days  Performance and Tuning: Configuring ASE 15
Dec 12, 2011 5 days  Sybase IQ Administration
Dec 19, 2011 5 days  Advanced Administration and Troubleshooting for ASE 15

Please verify class availability with Sybase registration or http://sed.sybase.com/Osiris/osiris_location_NAA1.htm#DL

Send news to: secretary@sugtx.org

Do you have suggestions for our group? Would you like to present your Sybase solutions to the Sybase Users’ Group of Texas? The group is always looking for compelling presentations for our monthly meetings. Let us hear them!
Please forward this newsletter to anyone interested in learning more about Sybase products. To be added to or removed from the SUG-TX mailing list, subscribe to the mailing list at the SUG-TX Community on the My.ISUG.com website. Contact secretary@sugtx.org if you have any questions.

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