Luckily for us, George hasn't forgotten his roots and wrote to tell us that he had made sure that his first new product (IBM Mobile Database) would sync with DB2 on IBM i. The product is free of charge and allows you to sync to both DB2 and Informix databases. The product is part of the "IBM solidDB" family and you can find the details on this page. If you want to just jump into the details try this link. We had a lot of trouble finding these documents, but it turns out the trick is to Google with the following: "IBM Mobile Database" site:ibm.com. Note the quote marks and the "site:" part. Without those you'll get a lot of hits but nothing terribly useful! To download go to this Web page. You'll notice on the right-hand side a download link for the binary and for a sample development set-up for Eclipse. Hopefully one of our friends that works with Android will give this thing a try and get back to us with a report. Aaron Bartell are you listening?
We've also been thinking a lot about database administration of late. Several of our clients now have really huge amounts of data and are beginning to wonder if they need a dedicated DBA. We started off intending to write a blog comment on the topic, but it turned out there was a lot more to say than could really be accommodated in a blog entry, so instead you'll find it in an article in the most recent edition of the magazine's IBM i Extra e-newsletter.