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 service development as well.

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Accelerating Mobile Development with Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP)

  1. 1. Accelerating Mobile Development with Mobile Enterprise Application Platforms (MEAP) Srinath Perera Director, Research WSO2 Inc.
  2. 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. 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. 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. 5. Smartphone, one device to rule them all
  6. 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. 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. 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 iancarroll/4856006353/
  9. 9. Soon, you will be writing mobile apps!! So what it take to write them?
  10. 10. Mobile Application Landscape • Several Platforms and Devices • Apple iOS • Android • Windows Mobile • .. • No specifications or common ground
  11. 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. 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. 13. Challenge: App Development Lifecycle • Development challenges • Each platform provider controls their stores and Apps available though those stores.
  14. 14. Challenge: Backend Services • Most Apps need backend services • Life cycle get more complicated • Now you face devOps challenges as well
  15. 15. DevOps Challenges • High Availability • Scalability • Varying load • Automation • Recovery (Backup) • Security Updates
  16. 16. Using WSO2 Products to Build an App
  17. 17. Is that enough?
  18. 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. 19. WSO2 MEAP Big Picture
  20. 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 photos/eschipul/
  21. 21. IDE and Lifecycle Support • WSO2 AppFactory with CodeEnvy Integration • Support for lifecycles: dev, test, staging, produc tion
  22. 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 Backstage-345476040
  23. 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.
  24. 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
  25. 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 man/2298671281/