One of the bigger challenges with anything involving APIs is scale. As the number of APIs proliferate, the scalability demands from a management perspective become increasing untenable. Nowhere does that become more apparent than when dealing with mobile computing applications.
As part of an effort to address that specific challenge Tibco Software today released an update to its tibbr social networking platform that adds support for the Blackberry 10 smartphone that is still popular in certain enterprise IT shops, while at the same time extending tibbr mobile in a way that is more tightly integrated with the company’s Enterprise Social Graph software.
Taking a page from Facebook, Tibco has created an application that allows organizations to visually discover relevant people, ideas and activities across the enterprise based on who they are, the people they follow and the apps and files that they interact with.
Ram Menon, president of social computing at Tibco, says the basic idea is to be able to create a social business by allowing people to more easily discover where and how their activities affect specific business processes. Given the fact that most of those business processes will increasingly be accessed via a mobile computing device Menon says it made sense to tightly couple the company’s enterprise social graph software on tibbr social network platform to tibbr mobile.
The proliferation of mobile computing devices across the enterprise is creating a new “Mobile First” mantra in which developers are being asked to create applications with the assumption that a mobile computing device is going to the vehicle through which that application is going to be most often accessed. As the weight of those applications shift towards mobile it’s also only a matter of time before mobile starts to hold more sway over how business processed are constructed.
Within enterprise organizations where IT has more control over those processes Tibco is making the case for deploying lite-weight software that now only makes it easier to weave mobile computing devices into a business process, but also gives IT control over the applications running on those devices in a way that actually scales over the long haul.
Naturally, there are multiple ways of going about rising to this challenge. But whatever the approach, discovering what business processes are in place and who they affect is going to be the first step towards building a social business in the age of mobile computing. The challenge after that is going to be figuring out how to adjust the applications that make up any given set of business processes in a way that makes them mobile computing friendly. Once that occurs then the arguments over what devices to use when can begin in earnest; followed, of course, by then determining what platform will actually be used to hold it all together.