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Accelerating Mobile Development with Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP)

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This talk describes WSO2 MEAP, a product that let users develop and manage the complete lifecycle of mobile application development. MEAP includes support for both Mobile App development and back end …

This talk describes WSO2 MEAP, a product that let users develop and manage the complete lifecycle of mobile application development. MEAP includes support for both Mobile App development and back end service development as well.

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  • 1. Accelerating Mobile Development with Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP) Srinath Perera Director, Research WSO2 Inc.
  • 2. Who first proposed a mobile phone? • The Picture in 1926 by Karl Arnold • 1931, Erich Kästner’s children book • 1959 by Arthur C. Clarke
  • 3. Could you guess who proposed first mobile App? “In 1907, Lewis Baumer’s cartoon "Predictions for 1907” showed a man and a woman in London's Hyde Park each separately engaged in gambling and dating on wireless telephony equipment.” This is before car or Airplane
  • 4. So after 100 years, where we stand? • 7B humans and 6.6 mobile subscribers (>80%) vs. 2.5B in internet and 1.9B in social networks • Mobiles overtaking PC, more traffic comes from mobile. • 80% time on phones spent on apps • Currently 25% are smart phones • 56% of American adults and 72% of Y generation own an smart phone • More than 50% Asians will have a smartphone by 2015
  • 5. Smartphone, one device to rule them all http://www.flickr.com/photos/sixmilliondollardan/3383537791/
  • 6. There is an App for that • It is Apps that make the difference • Overnight millionaire e.g. Angry Birds (200M in revenue 2013) • There is an app for pretty much everything • Long tail of Apps
  • 7. App Economics • Both Apple and Google Play stores has close to 1M apps • Recorded about 10B$ revenue 2013 each (Sri Lanka total export 9B$/ Year ) • 27 and 29 billion apps downloads
  • 8. Treat or a threat?? • Apps are the key to the success of mobile • It is High impact and has very large potential market • Organizations must think mobile and Apps • Customers asks for it: they need what your site do as an App and more • You are missing out on the mobile traffic http://www.flickr.com/photos/ iancarroll/4856006353/
  • 9. Soon, you will be writing mobile apps!! So what it take to write them?
  • 10. Mobile Application Landscape • Several Platforms and Devices • Apple iOS • Android • Windows Mobile • .. • No specifications or common ground
  • 11. Challenges: Devices and Apps • Technology (Devices) and OS changes very fast (multiple times per year. ) • Devices have different screen sizes, input modes and hardware capabilities. • Network connectivity and power levels fluctuate widely in typical usage scenarios. • New consumer applications regularly extend and revise the standards for good mobile applications. • Each mobile OS has a unique presentation style, interaction style and software stack.
  • 12. Challenges: Evolving Apps • Apps are not write and dump, you have to maintain/ improve them • Code and Build • Rollouts • Community • Forums • Issues • Sharing and reuse • Governance
  • 13. Challenge: App Development Lifecycle • Development challenges • Each platform provider controls their stores and Apps available though those stores.
  • 14. Challenge: Backend Services • Most Apps need backend services • Life cycle get more complicated • Now you face devOps challenges as well
  • 15. DevOps Challenges • High Availability • Scalability • Varying load • Automation • Recovery (Backup) • Security Updates
  • 16. Using WSO2 Products to Build an App
  • 17. Is that enough?
  • 18. Mobile Enterprise Application Platform (MEAP) • Coined by Gartner 2008 and called “multi-channel access gateway market”, which was renamed later • Multi billon dollar market • Initial goal was write once run anywhere, but now covering all lifecycle of mobile app development • Rule of Three • All concepts must be demonstrated for three platforms.
  • 19. WSO2 MEAP Big Picture
  • 20. Write Once, Run Everywhere • Each application platform (IOS, Android, Windows Mobile ) has its own language • Three options to write portable apps 1. Hybrid – Write HTML5 code and interpret at via HTML5 interpreter runtime. E.g. PhoneGap(Apache Cordova), 2. HTML5 + JavaScript based UI design SDK e.g. Dojo Toolkit, YUI Library, jQuery Mobile, Sencha Touch. 3. Write HTML5 + Java script and generate native code – e.g. Xamerin (c#)/ Appcelerator (java script) • We start with Android native and option 1, Cordova http://www.flickr.com/ photos/eschipul/
  • 21. IDE and Lifecycle Support • WSO2 AppFactory with CodeEnvy Integration • Support for lifecycles: dev, test, staging, produc tion
  • 22. Backend Services • Mostly HTTP/ JSON, but other protocols like MQTT is possible as well • Supported via MBaaS • Three Products: Service Hosting (AS), service mediation (ESB), and APIs with inbuilt mobile services like location services, messaging services etc. • Can run in Cloud in “pay as you go” fashion with autoscaling http://pixiedoll106.deviantart.com/art/Ballerinas- Backstage-345476040
  • 23. Testing • When built, app goes to store assigned by the lifecycle (Dev, QA, Staging, Production) • Then tester can download and test • We will do a Mobile emulator by running the app and showing it in browser as well. http://www.flickr.com/photos/juha_riissanen/
  • 24. MEAP and Analytics • Support probes and let users monitor metrics (KPI) about App development and App executions and backend • Powered by WSO2 BAM and CEP http://www.flickr.com/photos/isriya/2967310333/
  • 25. Conclusion • Mobile Application management poses several key challenges • WSO2 MEAP Product as a solution • Reduce time to Market • Enhanced Developer experience • Regulatory compliance • Increase Reuse • Visibility • Shared infrastructure • Coming in Q3 2014 http://www.flickr.com/photos/jsmoor man/2298671281/

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