Mobile application development platforms (MADP) are the next big platforms in the enterprise as IT organizations of all sizes look to increase the number of mobile applications they can develop in a given period, while reducing the total cost of developing those applications. Looking to become a major player in the MADP space, Kony today announced that the Kony MobileFabric platform is now generally available.
Burley Kawasaki, senior vice president of product for Kony, describes Kony MobileFabric as a platform that combines mobile-back-end-as-a-service, API management and platform-as-a-service infrastructure under a single open architecture. To that end, Kawasaki says developers can employ any toolkit they want to develop mobile applications based on the Kony platform.
Initially, Kawasaki says Kony MobileFabric will be available via the recently announced Kony cloud platform. But soon thereafter organizations will have to option of deploying Kony MobileFabric on premises if they so choose.
Developers can opt to build native or hybrid mobile applications by invoking any one of the SDKs that Kony makes available for invoking Kony MobileFabric. The goal, says Kawasaki, is to give developers access to open back-end services where identity, integration, orchestration, messaging and location services are all baked into the environment. In the last 90 days, Kony says 350 MobileFabric apps were published, and more than 400 MobileFabric clouds have already been created.
Kony is one of several vendors locked in a fierce fight to establish control over an emerging MADP market that is being driven by demand for more cost-effective ways to develop higher-quality mobile computing applications. Kawasaki says the key to succeeding in this space will be providing developers with an open platform that allows them to use whatever toolkit they want to develop applications that can run natively or in a hybrid mode as they see fit.
Most IT organizations are approaching mobile application development in isolation in terms of the platforms that need to be supported and the way each application is developed. But as awareness of MADPs that combine everything from the tools to develop applications to all the facilities required to manage and secure them rises, a rapid maturation of how mobile applications in the enterprise are developed is expected to take place.
When it comes to MADP in the enterprise, it’s still early days. But when all is said and done, the great irony of MADP may be that it becomes a whole lot easier to build and manage mobile applications than any other type of application in the enterprise because of all the functionality that is being baked into those MADPs.