Sybase Takes iPhone Email Corporate
The company has updated its Information Anywhere suite to allow Lotus Notes and Exchange users to receive email on their iPhones. The firm says it will ship the update in the first half of 2008.
The iPhone's current email client supports public IMAP email services such as Gmail and Yahoo Mail but no corporate systems. IT administrators, naturally, don't want to expose their corporate email servers any further than they have to with public email messages. So Sybase has developed software that securely communicates between the public IMAP services and corporate email systems while maintaining the standard iPhone client.
"They're going creep into the enterprise one way or the other so we may as well support it now," says Bryan Whitmarsh, senior product manager at Sybase iAnywhere.
Sybase says that it talked to Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) about its development work but that the iPhone's maker wasn't directly involved. "The philosophy from their standpoint is there are no third party apps," says Whitmarsh.
Apple has just decided to start to open up the iPhone to third-party developers. It plans to deliver a software development kit for the phone in February 2008.
Sybase says that with the SDK it will be able to develop more security and management features around the iPhone. With analysts suggesting that over one million of the $400 devices were sold in the summer in the U.S. it certainly appears that the iPhone will not be disappearing anytime soon.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung