The Aberdeen Group recently conducted a survey of a variety of different types of enterprises and found that more than 60% of them are either emphasizing a mobile environment, or will do so very soon. And for these organizations, a mobile environment means that they expect that the majority of their business operations become usable through mobile devices. The goal is no longer just the ability to connect and communicate. Now, the emphasis is on doing just about every possible enterprise activity irrespective of where you are or what device you’re using – smartphone, tablet, laptop.
I would bet that one year ago, even six months ago, we would have seen far less dedication from enterprises to bet the farm on mobile. But the rapidly changing nature of business demands that the change to mobile be made and smart companies are thinking through, and delivering on, effective plans to develop the right mobile apps, secure them, deploy, manage and operate them to be efficient and usable.
These are the companies we work with; these are our customers. We’ve seen many, many organizations that want to be competitive by dipping a toe into the mobile waters, but who are unwilling to map their plans to an executable strategy. I get it; if you’re making your business available through a series of mobile apps, there’s a level of complexity that is daunting. This is precisely why we created Mobile Application Gateway.
When you create your mobile app strategy, you want users to be able to benefit from all this great data that lives in back-end repositories. But it’s not a simple delivery of data from a single source; rather, to be really valuable, you want to pull a variety of data types from multiple applications and make them consumable for users. The challenges to doing that are around data integration, data synchronization, scalability, and data rendering. On top of that are issues of security, both for your data and for your users.
We see how our customers are looking for a way to do all these things, and while some have used multiple solutions, pieced together, their efforts will be better served with a single solution that provides them with the capability to oversee and manage all these activities, their output, and their results. To that end, Mobile Application Gateway is focused on four key elements:
- Flexible integration: Mobile Application Gateway has unique server-side scripting capabilities that enable it to define additional customizations to change or enrich existing APIs.
- Mobile experience: transparent caching and pagination to optimize the user experience for mobile apps.
- Security: it provides key management, OAuth, OpenID support and mobile SSO support to protect corporate data without compromising the mobile user experience. It also provides data, transport and message level security, threat protection and prevention and a wide array of security policies for the API publisher to ensure data protection and prevent unauthorized access.
- Mediation: it provides key mediation between and among APIs, services, messages and platform-specific protocols.
Managing a mobile app environment is not easy, but neither is it terribly complex. Without the right tools, it can become cumbersome. It can become unruly. But Mobile Application Gateway brings to users, developers, and managers a way to really deliver on that promise of what a truly enterprise mobile environment can provide.