With mobile computing becoming more strategic across the enterprise, a major effort is underway to make developing mobile applications in the enterprise as simple as possible. With that aim in mind, KidoZen this week launched a mobile data virtualization platform that abstracts away much of the complexity associated with accessing data from back-end services and applications.
KidoZen CEO Jesus Rodriguez says the biggest challenge that enterprise IT organizations have with building mobile applications is all the back-end connections they need to make to legacy systems. The KidoZen platform eliminates that complexity by making available data management and data virtualization services that can be invoked using RESTful APIs. Data management capabilities can then be used to apply security and access control policies for the business data, including which data sources get accessed based on the network, application, user role and context of the user and the device accessing that data.
Designed to work with multiple application development tools, KidoZen is an open platform that presents developers with a common data source catalog that makes figuring out what data sources they want to invoke within any application much easier to discern, Rodriguez says.
Unlike other back-end-as-a-service offerings, KidoZen is not optimized for one class of development tools over another, Rodriguez says. He says enterprise IT organizations already have a plethora of development tools at their disposal. The one thing they need is a way to make the billions of dollars they have invested in legacy systems more accessible to developers of mobile computing applications.
Rodriguez says KidoZen makes available SDKs for every major mobile computing platform that an enterprise IT organization is likely to use to build an enterprise-class application. Enterprise developers can then leverage KidoZen to consistently access back-end services in a way that makes them more productive.
KidoZen then makes available a number of analytics tools to help developers identify application usage trends. Rodriguez says KidoZen has already made inroads among 100 enterprise-class IT customers.
Most enterprise IT organizations have built at least one mobile application. But very few of them have put in place a platform that would allow them to systematically build hundreds of mobile applications. For many of those organizations, mobile applications are not only becoming strategic because they enable the organizations to engage customers and employees more, they also wind up removing a lot of the latency from business processes that were created for a different era of computing.