Develop, Test, Deploy, and Manage
Enterprise Mobile Apps with MEAP
Enterprise end users are increasingly turning to mobile avenues including smartphones and tablets for corporate data
access and to get work done on the move. Naturally, enterprises need to secure themselves from ad-hoc applications
that mobile workers use day in and day out to access data. Mobile enterprise application platforms (MEAP) provide
enterprises with complete control over mobile needs while providing tools and data access as demanded by mobile
An Overview of MEAP (Mobile Enterprise Application Platform)
A mobile enterprise application platform includes the
features of a development environment as well as a
management tool for mobile enterprise apps. Many MEAP
solutions include the attributes of a broader segment which
is known as mobile device management (MDM) platforms.
In many ways, MDM is distinct from MEAP. Mobile
device management solutions are more concerned with
mobile devices, while MEAP solutions are more concerned
with the applications which are running on those devices.
MEAP platforms are based on the yesteryear products
called personal digital assistants (PDAs) which are
now out of vogue. Without any wireless data
connections previously, most early enterprise
applications in mobile were predominantly playing the
role of data collection devices with the help of PDAs.
These devices assisted in meter readings data
research, and worked for delivering information to the
user on a regular basis. The apps then would sync this
information information with enterprise databases.
Elements of MEAP
Diverse mobile device deployment options
Integrations with leading ERP and CRM Solutions
Integration with custom enterprise applications
On- and off-network functionality
Nowadays the role of PDAs is being played by smartphones and the all-pervading wireless data access has enhanced
the value of mobile applications from being a data collection device to a multi-functional collaboration device.
Core elements of MEAP
A typical MEAP solution includes a mobile app development environment and some important back-end services that
manage the apps for connecting with the enterprise databases. Centralized management enables the admin to control
access to an application and imposes set restrictions on databases from where data cannot be pulled out from.
Mobile enterprise application platforms provide the perfect environment
where enterprises can develop applications that are compatible to various
mobile operating systems. This approach is useful for platforms which
boast of a plethora of devices, especially those platforms which allow
mobile enterprise applications to be accessed and run on personal
smartphones and tablets. Most MEAP products include template apps
which facilitate quick deployment of mobile versions of different enterprise
products including collaboration suites like Microsoft SharePoint and other
field service products. Most organizations can modify template applications
for meeting different specific requirements. Developers can utilize database links of the back end for building highly
effective mobile applications which can be integrated with in-house ERP solutions.
Before evaluating MEAPs, an organization should check the need and efficacy of having MEAP in the organization.
Many enterprise application vendors deliver mobile versions of their full-fledged products and offerings. For example,
Salesforce.com offers mobile apps for its clients compatible to every mobile device platforms. For several tailored
applications or off-the-shelf solution, the best way is to guide the users to relevant mobile app stores based on the
device and operating system that they use. If custom apps are involved, one might have to deploy multiple
applications based on the supporting device platforms. Here, a MEAP solution makes absolute business sense.
The mobile device market is full of device makers and operating systems for mobile. Hence the first priority for
enterprises is to have a compatible app for most platforms. Many enterprises have adopted the strategy called "Bring
Your Own Device (BYOD)" mobile strategy. Enterprises with BYOD policies need to evaluate and check MEAP vendors
on their ability to support varied mobile platforms. Additionally, one should be sure if MEAP is able to adapt to the
versions and platforms which are in vogue in the market. The mobile market is more like a volatile target where every
MEAP vendor should be swift and agile enough to provide support to the latest offerings after they are made available.
electronic health record format. The data is mined from the trends collected from the server.
Choosing a mobile enterprise application platform
The development environment provided by MEAP needs to be evaluated and tested thoroughly. Many MEAP vendors
also offer custom features and comprehensive development capabilities but they vary in terms of how the offerings
are delivered. Some vendors are dependent on proprietary programming languages while some prefer to use web
development languages for delivering MEAP customizations. If an enterprise opts for a MEAP product to simplify
mobile app development for varied platforms, then one must clearly ensure that the chosen product is aligned to the
capabilities of the end users who will be using it.
Key Features and Primary Benefits of MEAP
MEAP extends the reach of existing applications and offers the ability to develop new applications for mobile users
leveraging a variety of wireless devices. MEAP represents the core platform which supports mobile enterprise
applications of all types.
MEAP solution deployment provides organizations with turnkey platform that provides key functions, including
integration with back-end systems, development frameworks and key sync technologies for movement of data and
rendering of applications. Also, many MEAP solutions offer several additional tools which prove to be important for
mobile enterprise offerings.
With the Sybase Unwired Platform, enterprise users can create and manage multiple mobile apps which are securely
connected to a plethora of back-end data sources and is compatible with all devices. Sybase Unwired Platform
encourages mobility across the enterprise with a consistent and highly adaptable development platform. Partner
companies have delivered diverse mobile solutions to millions of users across the globe.
Softweb Solutions is now a Sybase Partner since the company has a strong team who are adept and well versed with
multi-platform mobile enterprise application development, leveraging the Sybase Unwired Platform. Additionally, the
company provides comprehensive smart mobility solutions to various industries and companies belonging to various
Softweb Solutions being a leading provider of wireless
enterprise mobile solutions offers the best industry
specific solutions for all the industry verticals. We are
globally recognized as the performance leader, proven
in most of the areas and industries across all systems,
networks and devices.
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