MBaaS Highlights Need to Simplify Backend Integration

Charlotte Dunlap
Charlotte Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

  • Benefits of MBaaS offerings highlighted as mobile projects get underway
  • Various MEAP solution providers emphasize their MBaaS offering

Mobile backend-as-a-service (MBaaS) is not a new concept, but the technology is coming to the forefront once more as enterprise developers start to tackle mobile application projects and face a painful roadblock in backend integration complexities.

Mobile app development comes with a new set of requirements including a significantly shortened application development cycle, so developers would much prefer to spend their valuable time developing apps that insure a good user experience, and not having to delve too deeply in security management and API learning curves associated with backend integration. While much attention has been paid to front end app development issues pertaining to native, HTML5, and hybrid client software over the past 24 months, developers’ focus has now shifted to services that resolve the dilemma of integrating mobile applications with existing enterprise data sources.

As a result, we’ve seen a number of announcements around MBaaS in recent weeks by mobile platform start-ups, established leaders, and pure plays looking to cater to enterprises increasingly taking a mobile-first attitude around application development. Consolidation of this market is inevitable as leading cloud and middleware vendors look to offer the attractive cloud service.

Pure play BaaS provider, AnyPresence, recently partnered with PaaS provider Heroku (in addition to AWS), to cloud enable AnyPresence’s backend services which include a backend server and an API management solution which supports mobile SDK libraries as well as front end code. Another vendor, Antenna, offers BaaS capabilities within its broader portfolio of mobile app platform technology, recently announcing AMP Services Engine, representing a new pre-packaged mobile app services delivery mechanism. New capabilities include authentication, data integration, notification, and geolocation. Finally, MEAP pure play Verivo has just shifted its technology focus to better encompass backend integration through its new Akula platform which can be deployed on-premises or in the cloud, providing libraries for multiple platforms as well as security management tools.

We will be digging deeper into MBaaS trends and offerings in the next couple months, and research will be included in a Current Analysis Advisory Report and cloud webinar in September.

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