A large number of enterprises are finding web or hybrid mobile applications the best fit for their internal and external business requirements. Be it a customer-facing application or an employee productivity tool, web and hybrid solutions are becoming the cheaper alternative to native app development … catering to the ever expanding range of new mobile platforms.
Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAPs) are the perfect answer to most modern business needs. They support the principle of create once, deploy anywhere or at least with minimal tweaks (typically an 80% to 20% ratio). Create a mobile application code once, tweak it for specific mobile operating systems and deploy. Obviously, development time is cut down drastically, along with costs and time-to-market. At the same time, you get near native performance and features but without the same overheads.
According to TechNavio’s analysts, ‘the Global Mobile Enterprise Application Platform market will reach $1.6 billion in 2014.’
So what are the popular MEAP tools in the market? According to the research firm, Current Analysis, the leading players in this revolutionary field are:
- IBM (Worklight)
- SAP (with its acquisition of Syclo)
- Adobe (with its acquisition of Nitobi, maker of PhoneGap)
- Appcelerator (Titanium Mobile)
- RhoMobile (acquired by Motorola, and then Google)
- Verivo (previously called Pyxis)
However, with each MEAP tool, you need to go in a little deep to understand the dependencies and limitations. Not all MEAPs are the same and MEAPs don’t work for every kind of application.
So, which MEAP tool does your mobile app development team use?
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