Mobile Development Platforms: What to Expect

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With mobile development platforms, you can design enterprise applications built to work quickly and with ease to mobile users. Mendix offers a variety of application extensions to help both citizen developers and enterprise architects develop truly transformative mobile apps.

What do mobile development platforms provide?

Mobile PaaS providers like Mendix can help businesses with application development either for a single application or for an entire application portfolio that can run comfortably on a mobile device. With Mendix specifically, companies can expect to find integrations with powerful third-party services such as Cloud Foundry and extensions that can make your smart applications highly competitive. However, since investing in a mobile enterprise application platform requires a lot of resources besides funding and time, it’s important to get into the specifics of what you should expect from a top of the line mobile development platform like Mendix 7.

Mobile Development Platform Features

Cloud-Based Features

  • Cloud-enhanced: Cloud computing platforms promote collaboration between users across all sorts of devices. Similarly, processes handled by a cloud-based Mobile Backend as a Service help to offboard and automate authentication and notification processes.
  • DevOps for Continuous Integration: Using self-service portals as facilitated by a DevOps solution can enable many users to participate in the development process and have accountability for what is produced. Additionally, DevOps integrates the testing and automated updates to the platform into the application development cycle while preserving compatibility between versions.
  • Proprietary App Store: The finished product is delivered to users via an app store and/or uses modules or off-the-shelf components and services.

Measuring Usage & Results

  • Analytics Infused: App developers can expect rich intelligence on application tracking and testing of usage with a mobile development platform. Data on app modules and screen elements are used alongside sophisticated fielding experiments and tests with automation and quick turnaround (e.g. A/B testing of planned features).
  • Model-Driven Development: Rich use of visual tools to support model-driven development from inside in the development toolset to plan and establish relations in a data model, business logic flows, and process flows.

Intelligently Designed Mechanics

  • Agile-driven: Incremental, frequent releases of rapid application development tools that empower teams to work collaboratively. Following an Agile approach also promotes collaboration with social tools, and integration of users into the development process, including frequent user validation.
  • User Experience Focus: Focusing on the design and appearance of the application that brings the front-end designer, if needed, plus application programmer into the enterprise application development process.
  • Socially Oriented: Using user-interface patterns first explored in social networks, such as timelines, event streams, social graphs, etc. updates to apps are shared and chronicled in a dynamic, friendly fashion. In addition, user data can be updated using event-based push-oriented patterns familiar to networks like Facebook.
  • API Factored: The move to APIs involves a comprehensive movement to componentize and granularize back-end software in order to achieve an easily composable back-end architecture. The latest API architectures use standardized REST call formats that help to reduce complexity while maximizing user accessibility.