Enterprise mobility company Kony has announced Mobile Fabric, which it claims is the first enterprise app development platform to unify multiple cloud services and middleware tools.
The new offering brings together a mobile app dev platform, mobile backend-as-a-service (mBaaS), API management and platform as-a-service (PaaS) under a single roof. Kony claims using MobileFabric shortens development time by more than 65%.
Kony Senior VP of products Burley Kawasaki said:
“The challenge that businesses are facing is the level of complexity that comes with enterprise mobile app development. Today our customers have to make difficult choices on which different technology platform to pick that supports their requirements. Kony MobileFabric is the first of its kind to considerably reduce this complexity by delivering an open, standards based, and unified mobile infrastructure platform regardless of their mobile development needs.”
Kony’s decision to merge BaaS, PaaS and its development platform is another indication of how the market for middleware mobile app development is beginning to converge, as players consolidate, individual services become commoditised and the need for fast deployment of apps grows. In fact, Kony quotes Forrester analyst Michael Facemire in its own press release who says as much. A similar thing is taking place in the app marketing space when it comes to analytics and other marketing tools, which are now being bundled into wider solutions.
Over 350 apps have already been created on the MobileFabric platform, according to Kony. The company is also claiming to offer a much more simplified pricing system, based on a per-user-per-session model, along with a free 90 day trial. For more information head over to the website.