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Mobile App Offline Data Synchronization and Conflict Resolution Can Be Hard, But a New Approach Using Deferred Updating Simplifies the Implementation

A new white paper by Dr. Martin Heller discusses the complexities of building offline mobile applications.

Building mobile apps that can work offline is now a requirement for the majority of businesses.
According to a recent survey, 78% of enterprise architects have plans to build apps that require offline support or data caching. But, there is a still a great deal of mystery surrounding what exactly makes building mobile applications that work without a connection so difficult.
Building apps that properly sync data, resolve server conflicts and more are time intensive and challenging. A lead product reviewer for InfoWorld, Dr. Martin Heller, writes about these challenges and the problems that occur if a mobile app is not properly designed for offline use. The white paper explains why a simplistic server wins/client wins approach to data synchronization and conflict resolution is problematic in business apps. 


Download the new offline mobile app development white paper:

Solving Offline App Problems: Data Synchronization and Conflict Resolution Using Deferred Updating

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Richard Rabins
Richard Rabins

Co-founder of Alpha Software, Richard Rabins focuses on strategy, sales, and marketing. Richard also served as CEO of SoftQuad International from 1997 to 2001, when it owned Alpha. In addition to his 30 years with the company, Richard played a key role as co-founder, and served as president and chairman of the Massachusetts Software Council (now the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council), the largest technology trade organization in Massachusetts. Prior to founding Alpha, Richard was a project leader and consultant with Information Resources, Inc. (IRI), and a management consultant with Management Decision Systems, Inc. Richard holds a master's degree in system dynamics from the Sloan School at MIT, and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering and master's degree in control engineering from University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa. He has served on the boards of Silent Systems, Legacy Technology and O3B Networks, and is co-founder of Tubifi

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