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Tellago Studios, Inc. Page 1KidoZen vs. Competitors: ComparingKidoZen and KonyOneThis paper is part of a series of articles that compare KidoZen with traditional enterprise mobileapplication platforms. These papers are intended to help organizations make an informed decisionwhen evaluating KidoZen against some of the existing enterprise mobile solutions in the currentmarket.KidoZenKidoZen is the market’s first enterprise mobility platform delivered completely in a platform as aservice model. KidoZen provides organizations with the backend infrastructure, programingframeworks and tools that enable the development, distribution and management of enterprisemobile applications.More concretely, KidoZen provides a backend as a service infrastructure that enables developers toincorporate and manage backend capabilities to their enterprise mobile application in a matter ofminutes. Additionally, KidoZen provides an enterprise application center that enables organizationsto distribute and manage enterprise mobile applications. Conceptually, you can think of KidoZen asfour fundamental components: Enterprise Mobile Backend as a Service API: KidoZen provides a diverse set of servicesthat automate some of the most important back features in enterprise mobile applications.KidoZen provides a simple, interoperable, multi-tenant service platform that providesenterprise mobile capacities such as authentication, storage, integration, logging, messagingand many others. Developers can immediately use these capabilities through our differentSDKs without the need of any on-premise infrastructure setup. Mobile SDKs: KizoZen provides a series of SDKs to make it extremely simple to addbackend capabilities to your enterprise mobile applications using a very simple syntax. OurSDKs include platforms such as iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Windows 8, PhoneGap andother emerging mobile development technologies. Mobile Enterprise Application Center: KidoZen’s application center provides a secureand robust mechanism to distribute and manage your enterprise mobile applications. Using
Tellago Studios, Inc. Page 2KidoZen’s application center users can launch the applications that are available to thembased on their corporate permissions. In addition to the application distribution frontend,KidoZen’s application center provides IT professionals with rich analytics and managementcapabilities in order to efficiently operate an enterprise mobile infrastructure. Hosted HTML5: To provide a complete development experience, KidoZen allowsorganizations to securely deploy and host their mobile web, HTML5 based applications totheir private instance of the KidoZen cloud. Using this mechanism, organizations can avoidthe headaches of trying to provision and manage mobile web applications inside theircorporate environments.KonyOne OverviewThe KonyOne platform is one of the technologies that are typically considered by organizations inorder to implement enterprise mobile solutions. Provided by Kony Solutions, this platform followsthe traditional model pioneered by BlackBerry years ago based on an on-premise enterprise mobileserver and a number of proprietary development tools. Similar to other enterprise mobilityplatforms, one of the hallmarks of the KonyOne model is the ability to implement multi-platformapplications from a single code base.From an architecture standpoint, the KonyOne platform is comprised of four fundamentalcomponents: KonyOne Studio: This is the exclusive development tool of the KonyOne platform. UsingKonyOne Studio, developer can implement applications in a single code base and compile itto the different mobile platforms such as Android or iOS. From a practical standpoint,mastering KonyOne Studio requires a fairly intensive learning curve that typically includesthe use of professional services. KonyOne Server: This component is the backbone of the KonyOne platform.Conceptually, the KonyOne Server is a set infrastructure server components that abstractimportant features such as security, storage, etc. Similar to other enterprise mobiletechnologies, KonyOne Server requires a significant infrastructure footprint that results inexpensive maintenance and upgrade overhead. Sync Server: Arguably the least used component of the KonyOne platform, sync serverprovides synchronization mechanisms to move data between devices and corporate line of
Tellago Studios, Inc. Page 3business systems. This component represents another piece of infrastructure in addition tothe KonyOne Server. Application Manager: The management side of the KonyOne platform. This componentprovides certain management capabilities to the mobile applications developed in theKonyOne platform.Comparing KidoZen and KonyOneKidoZen and KonyOne take two fundamentally different approaches to provide an enterprisemobile infrastructure for organizations. In some sense, KidoZen was born to try to address some ofthe limitation of platforms like KonyOne by providing a simpler, more open, affordable and scalableenterprise mobile platform. Marketing aside, when evaluating KidoZen in comparison to theKonyOne platform there are a few aspects that should be considered:Development Process KonyOne: The development of applications on the KonyOne platform requires theexclusive use of the KonyOne Studio. This factor obviously requires organizations to investin training developers in the KonyOne’s proprietary tools and frameworks in order toimplement applications on the KonyOne platform KidoZen: KidoZen focuses on the backend aspects of enterprise mobile applicationsproviding a tool and framework agnostic model that allows developers to leverage the IDEs,frameworks or tools of their preference when implementing enterprise mobile applications.Backed Capabilities KonyOne: The KonyOne platform provides a series of connectors that facilitate theintegration of KonyOne apps with enterprise systems or protocols such as SOAP, REST,etc. When evaluating KonyOne, it is important to notice that these connectors can only beleveraged from KonyOne applications. KidoZen: KidoZen provides a backend as a service infrastructure that includes APIs fordozens of enterprise mobile backend capabilities. By leveraging these APIs and the mobileSDKs, developers can incorporate infrastructure capabilities or integrate with enterprisesystems in a very easy manner. KidoZen mobile backend APIs can be consumed from anyprogramming language or framework which facilitates the KidoZen integration withtraditional IT systems.
Tellago Studios, Inc. Page 5that need to implement applications using KonyOne tools as well as IT professionalsresponsible for managing those solutions. KidoZen: KidoZen provides a simple, open and highly interoperable infrastructure thatallows any organization to implement enterprise mobile applications without the need ofprofessional services or training. More importantly, KidoZen offers a tool agnostic modelthat allows organizations to leverage their preferred mobile application development tools orframeworks and leverage KidoZen’s SDKs to enable the backend capabilities or thoseapplications.Pricing KonyOne: Typically, KonyOne implementations range on the six or seven figures anengagement which includes professional services and training. The software is delivered in atraditional on-premise model and subsequent upgrades will be added to the initial price overtime. KidoZen: KidoZen is priced in a subscription based model that typically ranges betweenhundreds or low thousands of dollars monthly subscription depending on the size of thecustomer enterprise mobile infrastructure. KidoZen’s price typically takes into considerationthree fundamental factors: number of users, number of API calls and infrastructureconsumed by the customer’s enterprise mobility solution.
Tellago Studios, Inc. Page 6About the AuthorJesus Rodriguez is a co-founder and CEO of both Tellago Studios andTellago, two fast growing start-ups with a unique vision around softwaretechnology. Jesus spends his days working on the technology and strategicvision of both companies. Under his leadership, Tellago and TellagoStudios have been recognized as an innovator in the areas of enterprisesoftware and solutions achieving important awards like the Stevie Awards’American and International Business Awards.A software scientist by background, Jesus is an internationally recognized speaker and authorwith contributions that include hundreds of articles and sessions at industry conferences. Jesusserves as an advisor to several software companies such as Microsoft and Oracle, and is the onlyperson who currently holds both the Microsoft MVP and Oracle ACE technology awards. Jesusis a prolific blogger on all subjects related to software technology and entrepreneurship. You cangain valuable insight on business and software technology through his blogs athttp://jrodthoughts.com and http://weblogs.asp.net/gsusx .