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Viacore is a process-service provider that enables process integration between disparate trading partners, and eConnections brings supply-chain partners a custom-tailored e-hub designed to eliminate supply-chain inefficiencies.

Some 37 percent of all people who accessed MLB.com this season did so from mobile devices, about twice the 2009 figures and rising. In 2011 more people will access our service from mobile devices than desktop or laptop dinosaurs,” said Bob Bowman, chief executive of MLB.com in a panel at the Open Mobile Summit here.

Venture capitalist Ann Winblad agreed, citing market research that said 19 percent of this year's 1.3 billion handsets will be smartphones, rising to 25 percent in 2012. Half the devices on corporate networks will be mobile by 2015, and as many as 30 new tablet designs will ship by the end of the year, she predicted.

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Non PC devices are the dominant platform–how unprepared the enterprise is for this massive shift and their promiscuous employees,” she said.

It ain't exactly an easy out for developers at places such as MLB.com, either.

The baseball franchise dishes out services for iPhones, Android phones, Blackberries and more. It supports both HTML5 and Adobe Flash, and it works with the peculiarities of various wireless networks, said Bowman.

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That's when it clicked for me. In a world of video and graphics, the particulars of the hardware platform are still vital.

That's why Apple needs its A4 processor and iOS: they keep developers locked into its proprietary world.

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It's ironic developers like MLB.com have to cover all the bases. This is the Web era of write once, run anywhere.

Out in the hallway at the Summit, Funambol was showing its open source code for synching mobile devices to the cloud. Everything runs in the browser except a thin layer of platform-specific code.

So I open this door to commiserate with you all on this practical 2010 holiday season in a great and maturing industry. I welcome your stories of bonuses and busts and inscrutable formulas as we hunker around this little digital fireplace telling tales of the golden days and our hopes for tomorrow.

Happy holidays.

It doesn’t seem like it was over five years ago when I decided the time was right to start planning and putting together my first book on the subject of electronic system level (ESL) design and verification. The resulting book ESL Design and Verification – co-written with Grant Martin and Andy Piziali was published in early 2007 and since then a second book has been added ESL Models and their Application, that builds on this earlier work.

One of the things I wanted to include in those books was a taxonomy for ESL, so that hopefully definitions would not get to be so word distorted and confused as they had become in many other areas of EDA. I had worked on the original industry taxonomy while chairing the System Level group within VSIA and turned that into another book, but it was not suitable for describing systems at the ES level.