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Disconnected Data Transfer across Mobile Devices for Extended Enterprise Applications

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000240332D
Publication Date: 2015-Jan-23
Document File: 4 page(s) / 78K

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Abstract

Disclosed is an Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) mechanism for transfer of data across mobile devices independent of connectivity. This alternative data transfer mechanism is independent of the enterprise server with full control residing with the mobile device user.

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Disconnected Data Transfer across Mobile Devices for Extended Enterprise Applications

With the proliferation of mobile devices, remote or off-site application interaction is becoming a basic requirement for enterprise applications. Although wireless communication networks are expanding at an incredible rate, connectivity is not always available due either to physical location or security restrictions.

In these cases, loss of connectivity is a longer-term planned event. In addition to application operation, while disconnected, many business applications require supporting data in order to complete a specific application task . Completion of a maintenance work order, for example, may require information about the location, item needing service, related components, tools, maintenance history, etc.

It is neither desirable nor practical to replicate the entire enterprise data model on the mobile devices . While full data integrity must be maintained, typically a mobile application represents a subset of overall application capabilities, usually for a specific role.

Application deployment to mobile devices is easily managed through app-stores and re-installation; however, transfer of data to a new or different devices is a restricted process currently managed through the enterprise application. This requires connectivity

with the server and often a full download from the enterprise application over potentially slow communication channels .

However, data transfers from one device to another for a variety of reasons such as replacement of a damaged device , device upgrade or alternative device specific capabilities, enterprise application mobile application demonstrations, or test scenario execution and reproduction. None of these situations requires connectivity or the overhead of a potentially complex enterprise data transfer from the server. Rather, a secure mechanism to transfer enterprise data from one device to another without server connectivity is required.

The novel contribution is an Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) mechanism for transfer of data across mobile devices independent of connectivity. This disclosure introduces an alternative data transfer mechanism independent of the enterprise server with full control residing with the mobile device user. This includes a model for an enterprise application mobile data ETL mechanism as it applies to a subset of data stored on a mobile device and supporting disconnected operations . The mechanism further enables the mobile device user to utilize mobile technologies to perform the transfer of data (i.e. via Bluetooth or near field communication (NFC)) more efficiently than through the enterprise application. The extraction and import of data is independent of mobile device connectivity and mobile applications (i.e. independent utility). This is accomplished through a common plug-in model in conjunction with existing technologies.

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To address the mobile challenge in which...