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MBaaS platforms: Making a seamless transition for developers

Introduction

The demand for mobile applications is insatiable. Too bad they're so hard to build quickly and well. Enter mobile backend as a service, which is the latest attempt to streamline mobile development.

The basic premise behind MBaaS is simple: Give developers easy access to back-end data sources that will be used repeatedly and make those connections seamless and repeatable. Using APIs or software development kits, MBaaS platforms can connect easily to corporate databases or RSS feeds, and those connections can be reused in a wide variety of applications. The idea that developers don't have to reinvent the wheel each and every time a new application is built is appealing to many. Developers don't have to learn all the quirks of working with the server side. And it's clear that the idea of "recycling" code would result in less time and money spent on any given project.

A number of companies now offer MBaaS platforms, both cloud-based and on-premises. There are open source options as well. And because it's an as-a-service solution, it's relatively straightforward to deploy, and organizations need only pay for the services and cloud time they actually use.

All that said, MBaaS has struggled somewhat to gain a foothold in enterprises. It is actually a middleware solution, and that's not always an easily understandable area. Plus there are always concerns about cloud platforms and cost, as well as vendor lock-in. That said, MBaaS is a viable alternative for many companies. Research, compare costs and consider how much access to back-end data is needed and how much flexibility will be necessary. Then, it's possible to make an informed choice.

1Establishing MBaaS platforms-

Considering MBaaS for your enterprise

If you're on the cusp of mobile application development changes, familiarize yourself with MBaaS platforms. Learn why to recycle code, whether BaaS or MBaaS is more appropriate for your enterprise and how best to develop mobile applications using MBaaS platforms.

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How to reuse code with MBaaS platforms

Mobile backend as a service technology helps developers easily build common features into their apps. Continue Reading

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The current state of MBaaS

Common mobile application services are increasingly being hosted on central back-end servers – but what does that mean for the enterprise? Continue Reading

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What developers need to know about MBaaS

Mobility is on the rise, and organizations need to determine how they will keep pace with new technologies. This Q&A takes a look at mobile backend as a service, an approach that could hold the key to today's mobile needs. Continue Reading

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MBaaS or BaaS platform: Which is best for your enterprise?

From handheld devices to server-based data, development of end-to-end mobile computing experiences, applications and services is fast and secure with MBaaS or BaaS. Continue Reading

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MBaaS is reshaping mobility for the enterprise

Companies are shifting toward MBaaS for back-end integration in mobile app development because of its lower costs, time-saving capabilities and ease of use. Continue Reading

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How to develop mobile apps with MBaaS

The MBaaS approach can spare mobile app developers a few headaches on the back end, so they can focus on the front end and user experience -- but that depends on the app. Continue Reading

2The latest-

MBaaS platforms: Performance, trends and vendors

What are the latest trends happening with MBaaS platforms? This section takes a look at the top five MBaaS providers, how to move beyond performance issues and which vendors are leading the pack in MBaaS platform distribution.

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The top five leading MBaaS providers

From new to experienced developers, everyone gets to choose from five of the best MBaaS providers to help with mobile app work. But how do you choose the right one for you? Continue Reading

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PaaS, MBaaS, Spark: Outliving the trends

PaaS, MBaaS and Spark are expanding developers' toolboxes in 2016, as data volumes from mobile and IoT continue to grow. Continue Reading

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Moving past MBaaS performance limitations

MBaaS has been praised as a way to get mobile apps up and running fast, without having to make serious database configurations. But now, users want that database control back. Continue Reading

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What are the business benefits of mobile cloud services?

Mobile cloud services can prove beneficial to businesses with useful utilities such as the storage and synchronization of data and identity and access management, to name a few. Continue Reading

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Easing app development with MBaaS and refactoring tools

Once developers know what type of mobile apps they need to build, they can focus on finding the right MBaaS or application refactoring tools to streamline their efforts. Continue Reading

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Progress buys MBaaS vendor Kinvey

Progress' addition of the Kinvey BaaS to its app dev tools lineup adds strong back-end capabilities intended to complement its Telerik front-end mobile development platform. Continue Reading

3Test your knowledge-

MBaaS platforms: Questions

How much do you know about MBaaS platforms? Find out by taking this quiz on mobile application development strategies.

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4Glossary of terms-

MBaaS verbiage to know

As the mobile world evolves, so does the language. Familiarize yourself with the latest common software technology terms in this definition section.

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