Friday, May 13, 2011

Mobile Enterprise Application Platform: Any App...

Enterprise mobility is in part a decision about “how to” develop and deploy mobile applications but it also involves serious questions about “what” applications to deploy. The fact that a good mobile enterprise application platform can make core enterprise software systems accessible remotely by a handheld device does not necessarily mean that all data and functionality should be exposed. Serious decisions need to be made about which data is accessible and which business functions are to be mobile-enabled. In this regard, it is important that you have all the tools in place to allow you to selectively integrate enterprise applications rather than simply providing wholesale access to your back end systems and processes.

With the announcement of Magic Software’s Mobile Offering yesterday, a new discussion of the importance of complex mobile business process and workflow was begun. See for example, the article in Dr. Dobbs Journal subtitled: “complex workflow support for mobile deployment of enterprise apps.”

Magic Software offers the mobile enterprise application platform you need to develop and deploy mobile apps and it provides the integration platform that enables connectivity and data interchange with your existing enterprise applications. Rather than engaging in extensive retooling of an existing application, you can use Magic Software’s iBOLT integration platform to automate the orchestration of data transformations, business transactions and application messaging with backend systems.

This automated approach to integration is the first step in reducing the effort required to mobilize any application. We then return our consideration to the mobile enterprise application platform itself. As a metadata engine, Magic Software’s uniPaaS application platform is a readymade business application engine containing prewritten technical and administrative functions and services. It frees the developer to bypass the intensive technical codewriting stage of application development and move quickly and efficiently to deployment.

The easiest way to grasp this concept is to see uniPaaS in action. The uniPaaS development environment is really a visual representation of application ‘assets’ and business rules stored in XML based ‘metadata’. This metadata business structure can be easily transferred from one deployment scenario to another (for example, Windows Mobile to BlackBerry) with minimal effort. And as discussed in our previous entry, it isn’t a matter of developing one core application and force fitting it onto various devices. Applications designed for iPhone and Android should have the unique look and feel of those devices. Instead, Magic Software’s Mobile offering allows you to customize your core business application for each device without having to refactor your core business logic or data structures.

For more information, please click here to download Magic Software’s Mobile Offering FAQ.

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