Progress Software acquires Kinvey for $49 million

Progress Software has announced the acquisition of backend as a service (BaaS) technology provider Kinvey for $49 million (£37.8m).

Kinvey, with customers including NBCUniversal, Schneider Electric and VMware, enables organisations to build apps in minutes. The company was named as a leader in the Forrester Wave for mobile development platforms towards the end of 2016, with its platform being awarded a patent the...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS.

MBaaS or RMAD: Mapping the right route for your mobile app strategy

10 years after the launch of the iPhone, mobile apps have transformed the way that enterprises can engage with employees, partners and customers. Whether developing tactical apps as one-off projects, managing enterprise-wide mobile strategies, or delivering apps that integrate with multiple back-end systems, the list of technologies that exist today to support enterprise mobile development initiatives is broad. Organisations need to understand not only what technologies are available but also which ones are...

By Clare Grant, 07 April 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Low-code mobile development platforms bubble up nicely in Forrester analysis

“While developers might choose to sweat every pixel in a prominent B2C app, that level of control might not be important for the half-dozen employee apps in the backlog for finance, sales, field service and operations.”

This sentence, in the latest Forrester Wave report on mobile low-code development platforms, neatly sums up the landscape and the business benefit faced by enterprises. Never mind the aesthetics; just get the right data in the right people’s hands at the pace of modern...

By James Bourne, 28 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, App Platforms, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Mobility challenges remain – but the ROI for mobile-enabled workers cannot be ignored

Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) adoption is increasing, as the return on investment (ROI) of mobile-enabled employees continues to rise, according to a new study published by PowWow Mobile and the Enterprise Mobility Exchange.

“It’s no secret that enterprise applications have been long known to be complex, cumbersome, and promote terrible user experiences,” the report warns. “That all needs to change if companies are going to successfully realise the pillars of enterprise mobility...

By James Bourne, 14 March 2017, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Employees, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

10 enterprise mobility acronyms you need to know for 2017

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Once upon a time, enterprise mobility abbreviations were much simpler to follow. Sounds like a fairy tale given today’s business technology landscape, right? As mobility enters 2017 full-tilt, rapid evolution and change will only add to an ever-growing list of industry terms and acronyms that can leave your head spinning. Here are ten must-know mobility abbreviations you’re sure to see in 2017:

BI: Business...

By MOBI, 10 February 2017, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD, Wearables.

How zero code app development can accelerate your mobile transformation

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When it comes to the rising tide of rapid application delivery platforms, it seems no two research analysts agree on precisely what defines low-code vs. RAD vs. BPM or other visual development tools. One thing is clear; there is a growing adoption of low-code strategies by businesses and IT departments that have found a way to deliver apps faster while spending less.

While some architects and developers were initially reluctant to adopt, these tools have proven to accelerate delivery...

By David Basil, 12 October 2016, 4 comments. Categories: Data & Analytics, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

SkyGiraffe secures $6m series A funding – and announces Slack bot integration

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End to end enterprise mobility platform provider SkyGiraffe has announced a $6 million (£4.6m) series A funding round to continue expanding the capabilities of its platform, as well as a bot which utilises the interface of productivity platform Slack to connect to any legacy enterprise data system.

The San Francisco-based firm, which is building on its previous $3m...

By James Bourne, 30 August 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Collaboration, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS, RMAD.

The key questions CIOs will have about rapid mobile app development – and the answers

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With many core IT functions either becoming a commodity or being outsourced to the cloud, the job of the CIO is quickly evolving. It has become a much more people-centric role as suggested by the recently published 2016 Accenture Technology Vision report claims that the business world is in a state of “digital culture shock.”

The abundance of technology available, on its own, hasn’t helped technology leaders...

By George Mashini, 07 June 2016, 2 comments. Categories: Applications, CIO, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS, RMAD.

Bill Bodin, Kony CTO, on the pace of enterprise app change and ‘laser-like’ customer focus

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It is a story played out around the tech press almost ad infinitum; IBM employees leave the company, usually through ‘resource actions’, or layoffs to the rest of us. But this one is different: former IBM mobile chief technology officer Bill Bodin, with 27 years at Armonk under his belt, has joined mobile backend provider Kony to become their CTO.

Kony’s cross platform mobile application development solution, which offers developers and IT teams quick apps across iOS,...

By James Bourne, 06 June 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Kinvey launches Mobile Data Connect to speed up SAP implementations

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Mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider Kinvey has announced the launch of Mobile Data Connect, a product aimed at helping build quick enterprise applications from existing SAP systems.

The solution has various key benefits for SAP users; it utilises SDKs available across 13 mobile app development platforms enabling easier app delivery; it provides pre-built modules for advanced client-side caching, syncing, and encryption algorithms, as well as zippy data delivery for sub-second...

By James Bourne, 20 May 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Kony and Cognizant partner up for enterprise mobile apps

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Mobile app development provider Kony and IT infrastructure provider Cognizant have announced a partnership to deliver a suite of new cross-platform mobile applications to enhance business process efficiencies.

The two companies will be looking towards various industry verticals, including banking, government, healthcare, manufacturing, and retail. Cognizant will also be offering Digital Fabric, a mobile middleware service based on Kony’s MobileFabric, to customers. Kony’s app...

By James Bourne, 19 April 2016, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Research reveals importance of enterprise apps connecting to the backend

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While developers and line of business have different priorities regarding the important elements of enterprise mobile apps, the ability to connect to a backend database appears pivotal to both parties.

That is the key finding from a study conducted by analyst house Bock & Company, and commissioned by Alpha Software. For developers, an easy integration with the backend is the most popular choice, cited by 96% of the almost 2,000 mobile app devs polled, followed by offline...

By James Bourne, 20 January 2016, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

Kony updates ‘MBaaS meets MADP’ MobileFabric for developer openness, agility and control

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Enterprise mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider Kony has beefed up its Kony MobileFabric product – described as MBaaS meets MADP (mobile app development platform) – aiming to give developers openness, agility and control across mobile projects.

The release of the 6.5 update means developers can take advantage of new API management and mobile app management tools, as well as analytics and application performance management services. Developers can use their...

By James Bourne, 23 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Development, MAM, MBaaS.

Another enterprise app partnership? Xamarin and Oracle team up for backend integration

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There’s an old saying about buses; you wait ages for one to arrive and then three come along at once. Soon enough, there may well be a similar aphorism around enterprise app partnerships. First it was Apple and IBM, then it was Red Hat and Samsung, now it is the turn of Xamarin and Oracle.

The two...

Kinvey secures patent for enterprise MBaaS platform

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Boston-based mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) provider Kinvey has announced its platform has been awarded a patent for providing unified access to data through virtualised services.

The patent, number #9047398, was originally filed in June 2013 with the abstract describing the claim as “methods and apparatus for providing unified access to various data resources using virtualised services”, and came through on June 2. Sravish Sridhar, the CEO of Kinvey, is credited as an...

By James Bourne, 07 July 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development, MBaaS.

Red Hat launches revamped mobile app platform, pushes FeedHenry brand further away

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It’s official: the FeedHenry brand is moving further and further away. Red Hat has announced the rebranding of the FeedHenry Mobile App Platform to Red Hat Mobile, as well as adding a glut of features to simplify and accelerate the development and management of mobile apps.

The news arrived through a somewhat valedictory tweet from FeedHenry, which was acquired by Red Hat back in September:

Farewell

By James Bourne, 23 June 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, M&A, MBaaS.

Because you know I’m all about MBaaS: Challenges for the mobile enterprise

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Research released by Red Hat, in association with TechValidate, has revealed some interesting strategies over how organisations approach mobile applications. Do they build their own, do they go for rapid mobile app development (RMAD), or mobile backend as a service (MBaaS)?

55% of the Red Hat customers polled who develop apps say they use external sources, such as libraries and marketplaces, to develop custom backend integrations or custom-developed backend...

By James Bourne, 18 May 2015, 1 comment. Categories: Applications, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

The viability and benefits of MBaaS: New data sheds light on questions

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More than 80% of respondents in a survey from moBack consider mobile app development either ‘very important’ or ‘essential’ for their business, yet there are plenty of hurdles to clear before reaching app nirvana.

moBack, a startup whose CEO, Dev Gandhi, was formerly of NEXAGE, commissioned the research to find out the key drivers behind technology decisions in enterprise mobile app development. As it transpires, the high cost associated with DevOps...

By James Bourne, 08 May 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.

An inconvenient truth: Enterprise mobility is all about the end user

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The enterprise mobility market isn’t getting easier for CIOs. Actually, quite the opposite is occurring, as the IT industry proactively segments the environment so that many correct decisions are needed instead of just one. Worse still, the...

By Mary Brittain-White, 30 April 2015, 0 comments. Categories: Applications, Design, Development, Enterprise Mobility, MBaaS.