On-device store for better offline experience
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As mobile devices become full-fledged computers in their own right, the processing power of these devices will let users start working and being productive even when there is no connectivity or when connectivity is sporadic: think mining engineers working in disconnected mines several miles underground or a traveling salesman shuttling between various geos, crisscrossing network/data plans and connectivity.
Hence, true offline capabilities include the ability to have access to my corporate or personal consumer data as part of the application I am interacting with. This access includes the ability to search and view data offline, make changes to the data, and sync the changes -- push the changes from my local instance as well as pull the changes from the server next time I connect. In addition, the data might be sensitive or private, which will require strong forms of authentication to protect the content locally by encrypting the data while not compromising on the performance.
In addition to this upcoming feature in Worklight, the IBM Information Management team announced the release of IBM Mobile Database software for Android devices. This product will provide a full relational database engine on Android with replication support using SolidDB Universal Cache to sync your enterprise data with Android mobile devices.
I will be presenting on these and more at the Information On Demand conference in Las Vegas. Come check us out either at the Expo Center or at the session (2717A) on Thursday, Oct. 25 at Tradewinds D - Mandalay Bay North Convention Center. You can always follow me on Twitter.