IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation
IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation ( formerly IBM Worklight) is a comprehensive platform for developing, integrating, managing and supporting enterprise native, hybrid and mobile web apps. It offers enterprises the advantages of reduced application development time, development and maintenance costs and enhanced security. By using standards-based technologies, IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation can be used to support multiple mobile operating environments and devices with the simplicity of a single, shared code base.
With the increased demand for mobile apps that will take advantage of the exploding popularity of smartphones and tablets, enterprises are looking at an entire suite of business apps as they look to mobile-enable their enterprise systems. A key consideration that arises then is the TCO ( Total Cost of Ownership) of these projects – from the cost of application development to infrastructure to the lifetime costs of running, maintaining and updating these apps. Thats precisely where a platform solution like MobileFirst Platform Foundation can result in significantly reduced TCO costs.
Our MobileFirst Foundation specialists at BTC are technically proficient with using the the wide variety of tools that accompany this platform to develop powerful and simple applications for the enterprise. Our expertise includes the following components of IBM MobileFirst Platform Foundation.
It is imperative that mobile solutions seamlessly integrate with back-end systems, be it mainframes, ERPs, CRMs or 3rd party databases. MobileFirst Server provides this critical middleware tier that provides a gateway between back-end systems and the mobile apps. It enables authentication and push notification management. The MobileFirst Server is designed to integrate smoothly with an enterprise’s existing infrastructure and is based on industry-standard adapters. Completely scalable, It offers the following capabilities
- Encrypted communications between mobile devices and the enterprise Back-end connectivity to existing application services and servers
- Data manipulation
- Single sign-on (SSO) authentication as well as integration into existing enterprise authentication services
- Automatic collection of user usage data for analysis.
MobileFirst Device Runtime Components
This offers a runtime client API that enhances security, governance and usability. These enable exposure of data adapters to mobile apps and include user authentications, push notifications and geolocation based notifications. For hybrid apps, it leverages the power of Apache Cordova.
This is an all-inclusive integrates development environment (IDE) for developing enterprise apps on the MobileFirst platform. Apps can be developed across multiple mobile platforms. Based on the Eclipse platform this comes with the facility for a developer to test services and an app simulator. Device-specific functions, such as camera, gyroscope, and compass, can be emulated and tested with ease.But the biggest benefit is the ability to generate specific platform apps ( including iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Java Platform, Micro Edition (Java ME)) that can be easily deployed. The benefits include a high level of code reuse and a consistent user experience, regardless of the device.
This is a web-based user interface that serves as a dashboard to to monitor and administer all deployed MobileFirst applications, adapters and push notifications. In addition analytics enable the user to get information on usage statistics and any potential problems. Its a place to ensure security by specific device type in a BYOD environment. Version management, remotely disabling apps, device-based access and control app form part of the capabilities and benefits of the MobileFirst Console.
MobileFirst Application Center
This provides, essentially an enterprise application store for the distribution, governance, and management of mobile apps. In an increasingly BYOD environment, MobileFirst Application Center can greatly help deploying apps to company owned devices, manage those apps through authentication and rule based access. Both employees and development teams can benefit from the Application Center. While users can rate apps and provide feedback ,the developers can use it to quickly distribute releases, removed unwanted apps and access feedback.
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