Built.io, a mobile back-end and application development platform built by raw engineering, has announced the availability of early access to Flow, a cloud integration and data orchestration platform for the Internet of APIs (IoA) that the company plans to unveil sometime in 2015.
Built.io is the company's mobile-back-end-as-a-service (MBaaS) platform designed to power the complete back end: servers, cloud infrastructure and database. The built.io platform features a complete set of back-end functionality, including:
- Data storage — Cloud-based database solution allowing advanced queries, database functionality.
- File storage — Files can be securely stored on built.io using access control lists.
- Push notifications — Built.io leverages iOS and Android native push notifications, allowing mobile app users to be notified about new releases and updates.
- Analytics — Provides insight about app usage. Can be used for advanced querying, including segmentation and funneling.
- REST APIs and SDKs — The built.io REST APIs allow developers to integrate apps with a variety of Web services. SDKs and APIs can be used to connect mobile apps with built.io servers and platform functionality.
Flow is built.io's upcoming cloud integration platform and features tools to create and orchestrate complex workflows across connected devices, systems and services. Flow, a standalone product that is complementary to the built.io MBaaS platform, is essentially integration platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) with data orchestration tools. Last year, ProgrammableWeb published an article about iPaaS that explains what it is and what factors are driving the iPaaS trend.
ProgrammableWeb reached out to built.io CTO Nishant Patel and COO Matthew Baier, who explained that built.io was designed specifically for enterprises, while built.io Flow brings its developer tools to a broader developer ecosystem. The company believes, however, that enterprises are positioned to benefit the most from this technology. “A connected 'thing' by itself has little value, just like an empty smartphone doesn't have much either,” said Baier. “Only when you fill that phone/thing with apps and tap into cloud services that enrich what you can do with it do you begin to unlock its true potential and generate tangible business value."
Patel and Baier also explained to ProgrammableWeb that there are several differentiators from other API integration/connection platforms. The three most significant differentiators are:
- Lightweight technology — Built.io Flow allows developers to leverage data orchestration using cloud-based tools via a Web browser. It is not necessary to download and install an IDE to use the Flow platform.
- Cloud-friendly pricing — Built.io Flow doesn't charge for a connection. Flow uses subscription pricing as opposed to charging for bundles of connectors. The subscription pricing scales directly with the number of flows that are used and allows companies to decide how much integration and automation they require. Companies can pay as they grow. Exact pricing tiers will be released at GA.
- Marketplace — Built.io Flow provides an exchange where developers can contribute, share and monetize individual flows. This approach democratizes integration and makes the Internet of APIs opportunity attainable for more companies.
Built.io is inviting developers to join the Flow early-access program so they can try out the platform and orchestrate complex Internet of APIs workflows and specific use cases. "The reality is that today and tomorrow, most serious enterprise mobile and Internet of APIs applications require some form of integration.” said Patel. “With built.io Flow, integration becomes as easy and fast as built.io made it to build the app in the first place.”
For more information about built.io and the upcoming Flow platform, visit built.io. The company has also published a white paper titled "Understanding the Internet of APIs," which can be downloaded from flow.built.io.