"We are developing platforms to support multiple devices. Our goal is for developers to be able to produce applications for multiple devices very easily. We will do that by abstracting a lot of the access so they can concentrate on the native platform they are deploying on."
He added: "Sybase are looking quite heavily into supporting the iPhone because people are increasingly taking it into companies"
Thain said that providing mobile device management services to large corporates represented a good opportunity for telcos. However, local players seem to have been slow to take up this opportunity.
In Australia Sybase offers its services and products direct and through a number of business partners. Dereck Daymond, managing director of Sybase for Australia and New Zealand, told iTWire that as a result of the SAP agreement the company had been able to generate some interest from the major telcos.
"For SAP we will start by mobilising their CRM application which is part of their eBusiness suite. Once we have done that we can go every SAP customer in the country and say 'If you want to access your back end systems through mobile devices, we have the ability to do that upfront.' As a result of that, we have had some interest from the big telcos, including Telstra."
He added that the Verizon Business announcement should increase this interest. "Verizon Business is the first cab off the rank but we will follow this up with some of the other telcos."
Daymond said: "We will be touching base with Verizon Business locally to see how they want to go to market here, but they will be doing the selling as part of their suite of managed services... We will be supplying the software and whatever professional services they require."
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