Kony extended the scope of its efforts to help developers not only build software, but also to access and share everything from reusable components to entire applications.
At the Kony World 2015 conference, Kony showcased a Kony Sales application alongside software from partners such as Broadstrokes, Factual, InfoStretch, Knack, PopcornApps, Quinscape, Redora, Softechnologies, Splyt, Stefanini, UST Global, VeraSynth, and ZineOne that can all be accessed via the Kony Marketplace.
Burley Kawasaki, senior vice president of products for Kony, says Kony is extending its reach beyond providing development tools and backend-as-a-service (BaaS) infrastructure to create a larger application ecosystem. Rather than having to build every element of an application from scratch, developers can tap into that ecosystem to access, for example, reusable components. They can also then opt to distribute the application they build through the Kony Marketplace, says Kawasaki.
In the case of the Kony Sales application, Kawasaki notes that it was built using the Kony Modeler, a visual programming environment that is now generally available. Kawasaki says that over time Kony expects to see both professional and citizen developers using multiple types of Kony development tools to collaboratively build applications. In fact, Kawaskai says one of the things that sets Kony apart is that Kony gives organizations that use Kony Modeler access to lower level functions in order to further customize their applications or improve performance. In contrast, Kawasaki says many other rapid application development (RAD) tools limit the amount of customization that can be applied to the application environment.
Kawaskai says one of the primary drivers of the resurgence of interest in RAD tools has been the need to quickly build business-to-employee applications. With more mobile devices than ever being adopted across the enterprise, Kawasaki says organizations want to develop applications that leverage those devices to increase productivity.
The challenge is that most enterprise developers don’t always have an appreciation for the finer elements of user interface design. In fact, a recent survey of developers conducted by Kony found 50 percent of developers reporting that user design issues lead to a project not getting approved or delayed. Obviously, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder. But Kawasaki notes that components that have been vetted in the Kony Marketplace are much more likely to be well-received by end users.
In the meantime, the way developers take applications to market is not only changing, but so too is the way many of those applications will be constructed.