As I mentioned in a previous post, the iPad is still a hot topic for business intelligence vendors, and both Oracle and Information Builders have just come out with new iPad support. At its Summit 2011, Information Builders has been demoing the InfoAssist tool with the built-in ability to switch between rendering in Flash and HTML5 on the fly.
Information Builders is not exactly a newcomer to the world of using HTML to render rich content. In fact the Information Builders Active reports were originally rendered in HTML 4 and offered an amazingly rich user experience completely off line. But what was amazing back in the day is becoming more commonplace, with HTML5 making it much easier to build rich interactive content. This development shows that users and developers no longer have to takes sides in the Flash vs HTML 5 argument.
To me, the moral of the story is that Microsoft, Abode and Apple may well be wasting their time fighting over the rich web development platform. It was always pretty artificial. And it isn't just large vendors like Information Builders who have this kind of multi-platform capability any more. HTML 5 is not just for MP3 bloggers any more, and as cross-platform development specialists such as Appcelerator and the many Flash / HTML 5 converters (including Adobe Wallaby) gain traction in the market, it is becoming less and less important to worry about the development tool used to get the content delivered.