The Mobile consumer experience has spoiled the employees and customers on a daily basis, making the IT keep upgrading themselves with innovative solutions and ideas.
There is an overwhelmed demand of making mobile apps search, learn, share and collaborate for customers, employees almost for everyone now, which has led for mobile to roar and web application to fade that has left for an increasing demand for the mobile apps leaving the enterprise to have a proper mobility strategy in order to survive in their business.
Having a right mobile strategy with faster delivery of users mobile apps will definitely give an extra mileage for their business, hence organizations and mobile developers are looking for an alternate strategy for meeting this demand and adopting different development strategy for their mobile apps, while some developers are going for hybrid mobile app development platforms, for multiple platform delivery, on the other hand some of them are going for Mobile enterprise application platform (MEAP) for their enterprise mobile apps for a faster time-to-market and for an increased business integration.
Enterprise Mobility big Challenges:
Creating the front-end environment or developing front-end for multiple platform’s is not the biggest challenge of the enterprise mobile apps, but the real thing of enterprise mobile apps is to disclose one’s enterprise data to mobile devices where the real problem in your business data might be residing in many of the different systems including legacy systems, ERP systems etc, and these systems are spread with lot of security restrictions.
But don’t panic, many organizations are spending too much time for their front-end development strategy, hence exposing your data from the on-premises servers is not as easy as a cake for the business organizations. Hence building a REST service layer and mobile back-end services, are the key part of the enterprise mobile apps, where multiple platforms can easily consume these REST services with the other back-end services for building mobile apps.
In current scenario having faster time-to-market is very critical hence spending much time for mobile app’s scalability is not valuable, this is where the real power of cloud comes into picture for this agility and on-demand scalability which can scale-down the application easily, and hence many opt for using the Cloud to mobile apps.
Using Cloud for Mobile apps
Cloud for mobile apps will surely be a natural fit, where Cloud is used as the storage for mobile apps and for hosting mechanism for mobile back-end services, where one can enjoy full power of cloud with greater level of on-demand scalability and operational agility, hence Cloud-based Mobile backend as a service will be the right choice for building enterprise mobile apps, from which enterprise can enjoy a massive scalability power of their mobile apps, provided by public cloud vendors such as Windows Azure.
MbaaS, a Cloud-based, is the server-side mobile services for multiple mobile platforms and HTML5 platforms that is used as a backend for one’s mobile apps with the scalability power of Cloud. Having great features like storage for one’s application data, automatic REST API services, native Push Notification services, user management services and Native SDKs for multiple platforms such as Windows Phone and Windows Store, Android, Apple iOS, and HTML5, for easily accessing the mobile services from mobile apps, with better security.
The MBaaS platform provides native SDKs for multiple platforms so that one can easily consume the server-side mobile services. Public cloud vendors are taking on the mobile services on top of their Paas offerings. Among all Windows Azure Mobile Services are the great platform for the MBaaS that offers Windows Azure Cloud platform PaaS capabilities.
Windows Azure Mobile Services
Windows Azure Mobile Services is an MBaaS offerings from Windows Azure cloud platform, the best PaaS platform in the Cloud space. Windows Azure Mobile Services extends the PaaS capabilities of Windows Azure, to mobile devices, that can be used as a cloud backend for ones mobile apps that provide global availability and reach the mobile apps easily. The biggest advantage of having Windows Azure Mobile Services is it provides storage services, user management with social networks integration, push notification services and scheduler services that provides with a native SDKs for all the major mobile platforms and for HTML5. With Windows Azure Mobile services, one can easily write server-side scripts in Node.js that allows one to enjoy a full power of Node.js.
The entire Windows Azure platform can play a key role for working as the back-end for one’s mobile apps where one can leverage the entire Windows Azure platform for their mobile apps. With Windows Azure, one can easily connect to one’s on-premises systems which is a key thing for mobile back-end solutions. The other point is that Windows Azure provides better integration with services like Active Directory, which makes Windows Azure as the de facto platform for enterprise mobility, for enterprises.
Windows Azure Mobile Services is leaping forward to next evolution where one can expect default storage mechanism which currently depends on SQL Server.
Enterprise mobility should start with exposing REST APIs on the enterprise back-end systems and these REST APIs can host on Cloud where one can enjoy the power of Cloud for their services. If you are having REST APIs for your enterprise data, then you can easily build mobile front ends for multiple platforms with us easily.