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SyncML®: Synchronizing and Managing Your Mobile Data by Phillipe Kahn, Peter Thompson, Apratim Purakayastha, Riku Mettälä, Uwe Hansmann

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Challenges with Data Synchronization

Data synchronization technology is a very important part of enabling offline usage of data, but it also presents some challenges that need to be solved in order to provide a sound solution. The following section focuses on the central master topology, since it is currently the most widely used.

The main challenges are:

  • Conflicting updates

  • Conflict detection

  • Conflict resolution

Another challenge with data synchronization is the need to agree on a common content format for data exchanges. For PIM data, SyncML requires the support of specific content formats to ensure successful synchronizations.

Conflicting Updates

In Data Synchronization, where copies of the same data reside on more than one device, it is very ...

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