[WSO2Con Asia 2014] Accelerating Mobile App Development with MBaaS


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The number of mobile applications is growing exponentially. There is an app for almost anything you want to do, and everyday, thousands of apps are added to app stores. The demand for mobile apps is also growing. Mobile app developers have to cater to this increasing demand in a rapid manner. Enterprise are increasingly utilizing mobility, and this has led to enterprises developing a large number of enterprise mobile apps that cater to their needs. Developing such apps and governing API calls made by those apps in a standard manner thus becomes a major challenge. This is when choosing a proper Mobile Backend as a Service (mBaaS) platform would be immensely helpful. An mBaaS platform provides enterprise Backend as a Service (BaaS) APIs along with enterprise mobility specific APIs. The mBaaS would provide a rich set of APIs that are readily available to mobile app developers that would enable them to rapidly develop mobile applications. Using the mBaaS APIs, the mobile app developers would be able to make effective use of the enterprise assets in a standard, governed, and secured manner, and it would also allow them to connect the mobile apps to the rest of the business organization. Standard SDKs provided with mBaaS also makes developers’ life easier, and enables rapid development of apps without having to worry about platform-specific complexities.

In this session, Azeez will take you through the concepts behind mBaaS, how it can be utilized by mobile app developers to accelerate enterprise mobile app development, and how an mBaaS adds value by enabling you to connect your apps to the rest of the enterprise.

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  • Growth in Enterprise Mobile Apps
  • Ability to automatic generate REST-based interfaces to read and write data – API Everywhere
  • Services;Facebook, Location, Foursquare, GoogleNotify when friends a close byRecommend to nearby locations
  • EnterpriseKidoZenAnyPresenseAppceleratorFeedHenryConsumerKinveyParse (acquired by Facebook)StackMob (acquired by PayPal)
  • Features of an mBaaS SDKevery Facebook mobile app uses MQTT to communicate with the Facebook
  • Ability to automatic generate REST-based interfaces to read and write data – APIs Everywhere
  • Mobile Enterprise Application Platform http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mobile_enterprise_application_platform
  • [WSO2Con Asia 2014] Accelerating Mobile App Development with MBaaS

    1. 1. Accelerating mobile app development with MBaaS Afkham Azeez Director, Architecture WSO2 Inc.
    2. 2. Credits: http://theemf.org/2013/09/10/enterprise-mobility-is-no-game/
    3. 3. Enterprise Mobility Challenges • Backend integration • Channel security • Client side development • Fast delivery of apps
    4. 4. What is MBaaS? • A model for providing web and mobile app developers with a way to link their applications to backend cloud storage while also providing features such as user management, push notifications, and integration with social networking services. • These services are provided via the use of custom SDKs and APIs.
    5. 5. Why MBaaS? • Reduce the time and complexity required to build mobile applications • Allow developers to focus on core features instead of low-level tasks • virtual machine configuration • developing common functionality like user authentication or notifications
    6. 6. When do you need an MBaaS? • Many apps • Many developers • Many in-house integrations • Many backend systems • Many third party integration • Multiple mobile platforms • Multiple versions
    7. 7. Core components of an MBaaS • Cloud-based storage for mobile data • Cloud caching • Ability to automatic generate REST-based interfaces to read and write data • Internet optimized data access • User & security management • SSO • Usage analytics • Location service • Specialized integration with enterprise software
    8. 8. MBaaS in a nutshell App S D K MBaaS Service 1 Service 2 Service N …
    9. 9. Afkham Azeez Source: http://devcenter.kinvey.com/android/samples/scrumptious
    10. 10. APNS MBaaS
    11. 11. Push Notifications • A style of Internet-based communication where the request for a given transaction is initiated by the publisher or central server • Apple Push Notifications (APNS) • Android Push Notifications (Google Cloud Messaging for Android) • Blackberry Push Notifications • Microsoft Push Notifications
    12. 12. Types of MBaaS • Consumer MBaaS • Enterprise MBaaS
    13. 13. Enterprise vs. Consumer Enterprise Consumer Identity Providers Active Directory, IBM Data Power, Salesforce.com Twitter, Facebook Identity Protocols SAML, WS-Trust, WS- Federation, Passive Profile, OAuth OAuth, OpenID Mobile Ops Management MDM, MAM integration No MDM, MAM integration Compliance PCI, HIPAA, Compliance APIs No level of compliance Cloud Topology Public, Private, Hybrid clouds Mostly public cloud Environments Dev, QA, Production Single environment Data sources Business data sources Social, public Tenancy Enterprises which are building multiple apps for 100s or 1000s of users Developers building one app for multiple users Pricing Model Based on number of users Based on number of API calls
    14. 14. Key Players
    15. 15. MBaaS SDK • Static SDK • Dynamic SDK • Provides a consistent developer experience irrespective of platform • Java/JavaScript etc. • Handles the complexities of the transport protocol • Similar to service stubs • Can include MAM features
    16. 16. MBaaS vs. BaaS • Not much different • BaaS synonymously used for MBaaS • Also written as (M/m)BaaS • Arguably MBaaS is more optimized towards mobile app development • MBaaS == BaaS == PaaS?
    17. 17. Developer Experience without MBaaS
    18. 18. Developer experience with MBaaS
    19. 19. MBaaS Challenges • Scalability • Availability • Extensibility
    20. 20. How to build an MBaaS using WSO2 Infrastructure-as-a-Service Mobile Apps Connectors Service Cartridges SDK
    21. 21. MBaaS & MEAP MBaaS +
    22. 22. API Management vs. MBaaS • (M)BaaS – Mobile add on to API Management • Mobile optimized • Mobile SDK
    23. 23. Governance and MBaaS • API call rate limiting • Policy enforcement Corporate data cannot be accessed from certain NWs or geographic locations • SLA monitoring
    24. 24. Conclusion • The need for mobile apps is exponentially growing • Mobile app developers need to fully concentrate on (mobile) app development • High scalability, availability, extensibility, security are core requirements • MBaaS, BaaS, PaaS -> same thing? • MBaaS is about the developer experience • Final thought; IoT & BaaS
    25. 25. Reference • http://www.kidozen.com/enterprise-vs-consumer- mbaas/ • http://servicesangle.com/blog/2012/10/23/mobile- backend-as-a-service-mbaas-all-hype-or-here-to- stay/ • https://cloud.google.com/developers/articles/mobile -backend-starter