With an enterprise app growth rate of 38% predicted for this year, the market is expected to reach $4.8 billion across 20 million enterprise apps by 2018. That alone is enough statistical information to make finding the best tools a priority but when it comes to enterprise application development there are two common hurdles that have to be crossed before workers can realize app enhanced productivity; speed to launch and dev training time.
At the end of the day, ease of use for employees tops enterprises app conversations; if employees don’t use it, it’s wasted time and money. Developing apps across diverse devices to align with BYOD programs is important and makes cross-platform development tools key to successful deployment and engagement.
Two of the top measures of app success that enterprise app developers are hyper-focused on are speed to launch and performance and having tools that best address those needs are paramount. Here are four cross platform enterprise dev tools worth considering:
Adobe’s cross platform development tool known as Phone Gap, is based on Apache Cordova’s open source APIs and facilitates app development across diverse devices and platforms. With Adobe’s solution, code can be built via CSS3, HTML5 and Java and then paired with native software development kits (SDKs) to successfully code across multiple device platforms.
Designed for speed to market, Appcelerator provides features like visual design, drag and drop palettes and instant access to see design changes across operating systems and devices. Their Titanium SDK speeds coding time by allowing 60-90% of code to be reused across diverse device platforms; and integration with SCM, MDM and other continuous delivery systems are simple and seamless. In addition, API connections can be built in a fraction of the time, their infrastructure is scalable, and the backend includes notification, geo-location, photo storage, analytics and authentication.
With a free trial and tutorials, Kony’s dev platform is easy to learn and built specifically with a “low-code” point of view. Like Appcelerator, Kony includes their Visualizer, which optimizes time spent on design and responsiveness consideration while building native apps from a single codebase. Testing and analytics are built into their platform and they’re fully integrated with SAP and Oracle on the backend.
In late 2014, Red Hat purchased FeedHenry and rebranded it as their mobile application development platform for enterprises. The Red Hat platform allows developers to deploy mobile apps via open technologies and toolkits that offer agility and flexibility for hybrid, HTML5, and web apps. They also offer secure integration, collaboration tools and frameworks that play to developer’s strengths, and a Mobile-Backend-as-a-Service (MBaaS) that makes for simple integration of mobile apps with existing enterprise systems. In addition to simplifying back-end mobile app development, MBaaS manages storage of data, scalability, push notifications, user management and analytics.
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