Mobile apps are no longer a choice, but a necessity. Ever since they transformed from singled out locally installed apps on a phone to powerful tools that can establish stable connections with different systems, businesses have embraced them for improving productivity, enhancing collaboration, enabling location based content delivery, customer service and more.
How do these seemingly small applications handle so much? The simple answer is their ability to integrate with other systems and applications!
According to Gartner, by 2016, the integration of data on mobile devices will represent 20% of integration spending. And by 2017, over two-thirds of all new integration flows will extend outside the enterprise firewall.
So it is all about getting mobile apps integrated!
Anyone remembers the good old DCOM, Corba and XML-RPC gateways? Well, mobility has out grown all the predictions. However, technology has risen up to the challenge of enabling mobile app integrations to handle today’s business requirements in the form of API management platforms, advanced web services, MBaaS etc. Having a fixed set of APIs may not work always, at the same time building web services may not be feasible in all the cases.
Moreover, we are talking enterprises here. So there will be huge emphasis on aspects like user authentication, user authorization, data encryption, EMM solutions etc. while integrating mobile apps with backend systems for data security and privacy reasons.
The nature of mobile integration will vary depending on the unique requirements each business have. So mobile app integration also entails proper analysis and planning.
Interested in some cool numbers around mobile app integration? Check out the below infographic –