Is DevOps Ready for EMM and MBaaS Consolidation?

C. Dunlap
C. Dunlap

Summary Bullets:

• 2015 was the year of mobility consolidation including MADP, MBaaS, and PaaS

• Is 2016 the year of consolidation between EMM and MBaaS?

Continued consolidation among mobility technologies is inevitable. We’ve seen significant convergence over the past 18 months between developer-oriented technologies such as MADP and MBaaS; PaaS and MBaaS, and even PaaS and IaaS. So what’s next for 2016? Is DevOps finally ready for consolidation between mobile security and mobile app platforms? There are some rumblings among security and mobile app platform providers and their third-party partners around the growing importance of having a broader mobile portfolio to meet the needs of enterprises. In particular, some MADP vendors may be realizing enterprise mobility management (EMM) capabilities would provide an important area of differentiation in a highly competitive market.

Mobile security and app platform vendors should be aware of the growing threat of SIs, whether they are global such as Accenture, or pureplays such as CloudMine, who are cutting into their business by providing integration services and SDKs around backend integration and security solutions to ease the complexity of customers’ mobile projects.

2015 was the year of PaaS, with a number of key services being offered as-a-service, including MBaaS, particularly relevant because backend integration continues to represent enterprises’ primary barrier to the adoption of mobile app development. IBM Bluemix and Microsoft Azure are examples of PaaS offerings that include MBaaS capabilities.

Not surprisingly, security is typically a close second in terms of complexity, therefore it makes sense that platforms and services would begin to build out a stronger security story. It seems to be the next logical step for vendors following two years of building out MEAP/MADP, app development frameworks/tools, MBaaS, and PaaS offerings.

The jury is still out, however, and issues need to be resolved. Do developers now have to have security expertise? Will security engineers need to become savvy on programming languages, including JavaScript and Node.js?

As unlikely as that is, it makes sense that backend developers and DevOps be able to maintain control around more infrastructure and management issues including designing architectures, scaling systems, and implementing security controls. Count on it being an interesting year in the area of mobile consolidation.

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